University of South Australia
Prisca Issa, who is 21 years old, is enrolled in a joint Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Psychology at the University of South Australia.
Growing up in a refugee camp in Zambia after her parents fled the Congo during the 1998 Civil War, she migrated to Australia with her parents in 2011 when she was nine She arrived in Australia, unable to read, write or speak English. She is endlessly grateful for the opportunities Australia has given her.
In 2021, she was awarded an Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care, and uses those skills working as a support worker at HenderCare. She supports people with daily tasks such as personal care, cleaning, meal preparation, transport and social support. However, she says that what gives her the greatest satisfaction is the emotional support she can provide and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
In addition, since her parents returned to Zambia, she looks after her younger sister, supporting her financially. At the same time, she has acquitted herself with distinction in pursuing her Law and Psychology degrees.
Prisca is active in advocating for others in her community, with staff at the University of South Australia, describing her advocacy as inspirational.
While winning the Scholarship has made a difference in her financial situation, above all else, Prisca truly values the mentorship she is receiving from Ms Sarah Matheson AM, who served for twenty years as an intellectual property lawyer with Allens, before pursuing a career as a non-executive director.
Donor: Mr Paul Wheelton AM KSJ