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2018 Winner of the Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates

Posted by Capstone Editing on 6 February 2018

2018 Winner of the Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates

Capstone Editing is very excited to announce the 2018 recipient of our Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates, Eamonn Beatts.


Eamonn is undertaking his degree in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. He has an impressive academic record despite having lived through several traumatic events, which influenced his ability to study in Year 12.

On 28 March 2017, severe Category 4 Cyclone Debbie directly hit the Whitsundays causing catastrophic damage to his family home and school in Proserpine. It resulted in his family relocating for work from Proserpine to Macknade, a remote area, forcing him to stay behind to finish schooling. For five months, his family sat through cyclone repairs and then living as a divided family, 450 kilometers apart. In the final month of Year 12, he lived with his brother even sleeping on the couch. In September 2017, his mother and brother were hit from behind in the car by a road train, the consequences of which leaving an added financial strain on the family.

In 2017, he completed his Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) obtaining an Overall Position (OP) 2. He was also awarded Academic Excellence and Top of Subject in Physics, Mathematics B and Mathematics C at St Catherine’s Catholic College Proserpine.

His desire is to continue his schooling through tertiary education and work his way forward into a career in which he can innovate and help global development. Eventually, he aspires to construct and design robotics for use all around the globe. The University of Queensland Engineering course will help him to reach his goal through its Mechatronic Engineering pathway.

We are very pleased to award him with $1,000 per year for three years to purchase the required textbooks as well as any books that will assist with his studies. We are very happy to be able to support him and to relieve some of the pressure on his family. We hope that his grant will assist him to concentrate on his studies rather than struggling with the added burden of expensive textbooks.

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2 Comments on this article
  • Lorraine 5th May, 12:50pm

    It is wonderful to know that Eamonn still recognised his dreams and kept 'on going'. Congratulations Eamonn. I do understand about your cyclone experience, I too went through a similar experience-Cyclone Tracy and lost all, and also went through the death of family members. I hope you achieve all that you have set out to do. Warm Wishes, Lorraine

  • Olivia Travers 7th July, 9:44am

    Congratulations on your achievements Eamonn! Your dedication to academics is inspiring, keep up the wonderful work.

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