Fairway UWA paves way for Year 12 students

Travis Smith

Fairway gave me a support base while studying in year 12. Help has always been available whenever I needed it and this has carried through my three years of university.

Travis Smith (right) and Blake Morrissey-Kerr, Fairway scholars

Fairway UWA is an access program supported by The UWA Alumni Fund, and offers an alternative pathway to university for Year 12 students disadvantaged by geography or circumstance.

The program recognises that students who face financial hardship and other difficult circumstances are often prevented from achieving their true academic potential.

Nineteen year-old Kent Street Senior High School graduate, Travis Smith, was one of the first Fairway scholars.

“Fairway has also offered me the opportunity to help other students in situations like mine,” says the Exercise and Sports Science student about volunteering for the program.

Gisele Ishimwe was also part of the first cohort of Fairway scholars along with Travis. She received a Fairway UWA Swans Scholarship, and believes UWA is the perfect place to help her achieve her dreams.

I don’t just want a degree. I want an education that can give me the knowledge to make the world a better place.

Gisele Ishimwe, Fairway scholar