Name: Emma McDougall
Pursuit: On going study
Emma is a 16 year old girl living in rural Western Australia. She is in her final year of highschool at the local Catholic College. Emma aspires to be a Lawyer or Psychologist and has plans to make a difference for those most marginalised and at risk for disadvantage. Emma has always had great empathy for others from a young age and contributes this to her own challenges in life being born with a mild physical disability affecting her hair, teeth, nails, skin and sweat glands. Emma has inspired many others and received several accolades in her short life. She is certainly inspiring and encourages everyone she meets to try their best, be all they can be and live a full life with grace and kindness. Emma plans to use her scholarship to pay her academic fees, pay for a school art camp and another intensive exam preparatory camp at the University of Western Australia in July. She is most grateful to the Aim for the Stars Foundation. Emma also intends to remember the faith placed in her by the Layne Beachley foundation and will ensure she pays their kindness forward n the future. Emma lives by Gandhi’s quote “Be the change you want to see in the world”
When did you start?
I have always been a keen photographer, enjoy ballroom dancing and try my best at school academics.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My highlight would be in 2009 when I was the Geraldton, WA recipient of the 2009 Premiers Australia Day Award for Active Citizenship for a person under 25 years old. At the time I was 13 years old and had just held my first photographic art exhibition at the local art centre where I donated all funds raised to the charity-Caritas. In 2008 I was awarded the Christian Service Award for Year 8 at Nagle Catholic College. I believe in helping others and support the Catholic ethos. I guess my other achievement would be getting the Year 11 Art Award at Nagle Catholic College. I have also been nominated for a 2011 Australian of the Year Award and for a 2008 Human Rights Medal. I have supported Caritas initiatives in Geraldton, WA and am intent on making a difference for those most marginalised in the world.
What is your dream?
My dream is to be successful in my future endeavours, whether they be graduating university with honours or travelling the world and helping others. I will not let anything hold me back and despite facing adversity at times, I am very determined to make the world a better place and advocate for those most marginalised or disadvantaged. I am hoping to be a lawyer or psychologist or both and I will always have a passion for art and photography. My year 12 Art teacher is great!!
Who or what have inspired you?
My primary school teacher Jan Bowen, Sister Marie and my family
Who's your hero?
I have a few!
Any other special talents?
I enjoy playing piano and spent 6-7 years ballroom dancing.
I like all music, Taylor Swift and One Direction are definitely favourites at the moment.
Titanic for sure!
Favourite TV Show?
Greek Food is delicious
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
There are no words to describe how thankful and appreciative I am. Thanks to the Layne Beachley Foundation, I will be able to continue my education at my high school. I will always remember the generosity of the foundation and especially love the ‘hoodie’ sent to me with their logo. I wear it with pride. I promise you Layne I will pay it forward with every ounce of my being for many years to come and I hope one day I will meet you in person to thank you. My Mom had a tear in her eye when she told me the good news. You are amazing!!
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi