The John Maxwell Memorial Scholarship has been in place since 2010, and forms a major part of the Rock's community program, and is held in partnership between the Rock and CQUniversity.
The Scholarship offers $5,000 annually. Since 2010, five aspiring accountants have been awarded the John Maxwell Memorial Scholarship. This year will take the total to $25,000.
The scholarship is awarded to a first year accounting or finance student at CQUni, with selection criteria based on their career aspirations, academic achievement and community involvement.
This Scholarship is a great example of how a community organisation is helping to promote knowledge, education links and developing the skills of local people who will contribute to the development of their home communities.
The scholarship memorialises John Maxwell, a CQ business icon. Maxwell helped to found the Rock as a CQ icon, and was an integral part of our business for 43 years.
He was our first general manager, became director in 1975 and served as deputy chairman from 1981, becoming chairman in November 2007. During this time, he was also a senior partner of accounting firm Maxwell and Cameron.
John was a 'people person', who constantly supported and helped family and friends, as well as those in the broader community. This scholarship reflects his professional accomplishments, thirst for knowledge and drive to help others.
This year, the Scholarship is awarded to Boden Abell. He is 17, and attended Yeppoon State High School.
Boden ended both year 11 and 12 with the highest academic achievement in accounting at Yeppoon State High School. On the Night of Excellence 2014 Boden was recognised by CQUni as the Yeppoon High’s highest achiever in accounting with VHA7 as the ending result. Boden also achieved VHA’s in business, information technology and systems, and music and received many other awards.
He has an interest in Accounting, and has developed skills in the area through volunteering for working experience at several businesses in the Rockhampton area.
Boden is also involved in a range of extra-curricular activities including Anzac and Remembrance Day parades. He has been pivotal in the success of the Yeppoon High School band and participated in a number of competitions, winning Fanfare. Boden has made valuable contributions to Music, Drama and Dance (MADD) evenings for the school.
He has realised that accounting is the career path to pursue. He has a passion to help people and believes as an accountant he can achieve this goal. Boden hopes to become a chartered accountant after graduating from CQUni.
"The scholarship assisted me with all the expenses associated with University (I.e textbooks, stationary and a new laptop). I graduated at the end of 2013 and joined the ANZ Regional Business Banking Graduate Program (18 months), and am just about to complete this program and commence a permanent role as an Analyst in Brisbane. Also looking at going back to University in 2016 to do further study in the finance field. Being the recipient of this scholarship was extremely helpful in ensuring that all the extra costs associated with going to University could be met, and that more time could be spent on studying."
"The John Maxwell Scholarship without a doubt played a key role in achieving my educational dreams. Because of the generosity from the scholarship, the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education was reduced. That meant I could spend more time on my studies, research and extracurricular activities and less time worrying about my finances. This resulted in being able to achieve the results and success I wanted. During the 2014 year I completed my Bachelor of Accounting as well as worked as at a local Accountant Condon Treasure to gain experience. At the start of 2015 I made the move to Brisbane to commence work for HLB Mann Judd, a top 20 Australian Accounting firm, as a Graduate Auditor. In my time with the firm I have worked with a wide range of clients from small sports clubs to n on-for profit organisations to large ASX listed companies. So far I have had a rewarding and challenging career in the Accounting industry and look forward to what is yet to come. I would like to say thank you once again to the Rock Building Society for their generosity and investment to the futures of students like me."
"The scholarship enabled me to relax my work load in my first year, helping to make the transition to UNI so much easier. I was able to focus more on my studies and as a result of this maintained successful grades. I currently have 3 terms left of my degree, and am working part time as an undergraduate accountant at a local firm. In late 2013 I was lucky enough to gain work experience in a human resources position, and also take on an ambassador role on campus for CAANZ (previously ICAA). In late 2014 I participated in the PWC preview program in Brisbane, and then accepted my current role in a Rockhampton firm.
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunities I have had in gaining experience in the accounting industry, as well as meeting so many professionals within the past 2 years. I feel without that initial confidence boost of being awarded the John Maxwell Memorial Scholarship I wouldn't have been able to take on these opportunities and for that I am incredibly grateful."
"As a university student, receiving the John Maxwell Memorial Scholarship in 2014 was an incredible blessing as it assisted me in providing many of the necessities for beginning my study at CQUniversity. The generous financial support given to me on behalf of the Rock Building Society was very much appreciated and still today, it gives me motivation to press on in achieving my goals. I have just recently completed my first year of service at local Accounting firm, Evans Edwards & Associates and I am now well in to my second year of my bachelor of Accounting. I am finding this industry very challenging, but also very rewarding as I have had many opportunities to not only grow and develop, but also to gain experienc e in many areas of the accounting field. Working with a supportive group of highly trained professionals has also given me a wonderful start to my career and I continue to look forward to the many challenges ahead."