Emma Dale is swapping the verdant and cool wilds of Tasmania's rainforests for the sandstone and warm aura of Oxford University but it's only a small part in her remarkable journey.
Since graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation Biology with Honours) and a Griffith University Medal, Emma has traveled the globe helping and protecting endangered wildlife.
Now working as a Wildlife Ranger in Tasmania, Emma is packing her bags for England to begin her PhD at Oxford University after winning a prestigious John Monash Scholarship.
She then plans to return to Australia to continue working to protect carnivores such as the Tasmanian Devil and Spotted-tail Quoll, which she has begun in her current role as a Parks and Wildlife ranger.
But always at the top of her mind is the conservation of the Red Panda, a cat-sized mammal native to The Himalayas and Western China which sadly remains on the World Wildlife Fund’s Endangered Species List.
After travelling to Nepal in 2013, Emma founded and is now the CEO of the Red Panda Trust, a non-profit charity based in Kathmandu and which connects research to conservation for the mammal.
Always looking forward, Emma is also looking and has been instrumental in helping Griffith set her on the path of conservation by raising awareness of the Griffith Futures Scholarships and how much it transforms lives, including her own.
During her science studies at Griffith, Emma experienced personal and financial hardship and feared for her future dreams before receiving a Griffith Futures Scholarship in 2016. These scholarships help students who are excelling at university despite personal or financial hardship.
“I’m so grateful for my Griffith Futures Scholarship and the impact it has had on my life.”
“I’m so grateful for my Griffith Futures Scholarship and the impact it has had on my life,” Emma said.
“It helped take me where I am today. Every day, I strive to show myself as having been a worthy recipient.”
The Griffith Futures Scholarship helps students who excel at their studies but are also experiencing financial or personal hardship. A $5000 scholarship allows students to achieve their potential. It can mean the difference between a student completing their course or deferring – or even halting – their studies.
Anyone wishing to support the Appeal can visit www.griffith.edu.au/annual-appeal.