Artist and University of Southern Queensland (USQ) alumni Katherine Appleby nearly didn’t discover she was the winner of the national Golden Key award for Visual and Performing Arts, thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
“They were actually thinking about giving up on telling me until I received a desperate phone call from them one day telling me I had won!
“I just assumed I hadn’t won the award so it was a very pleasant surprise!”
The Golden Key International Honour Society recognises high-achieving students at colleges and universities around the world and encourages those students to unlock their full potential through scholarships, awards and support.
Considering the Australian Golden Key awards put Ms Appleby against some of the highest-achieving visual and performing arts students in the country, she was quite chuffed to be named as the winner of the award and $1000 prize.
“It’s been such an honour to have been awarded,” she said.
She wasn’t the only Golden Key USQ member to excel in the national awards— Psychology student Graham Kell received the Community Service Scholarship award for his work with disengaged children and young people at the Sunshine Coast.
Ms Appleby graduated from USQ last year with a Bachelor of Creative Arts and hopes to combine her skills in visual art, marketing, teaching and design in running an arts business or centre.
“My ultimate dream is to run an arts centre that encompasses a gallery and more,” she said.