Local Nursing Student Jenna Grieve brings home Leadership and Role Model Award from last night’s JCU Indigenous Student Awards Night



James Cook University has honoured the academic and personal achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at its annual Indigenous Student Awards night.


Congratulations Jenna Grieve who received the Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health (MCRRH) INDIGENOUS UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT’S LEADERSHIP & ROLE MODEL AWARD at the 2021 JCU Indigenous Student Awards Night last night.

Jenna is a first year student currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the local Mount Isa Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health, JCU campus.

“Jenna is a fantastic student and has remarkable resilience. She is a mentor for other students through her passion for nursing,” says Jodi Brown, the Senior Nursing Lecturer who supports and teaches Jenna with her studies.

The evening revealed a remarkable range of degree disciplines which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participate in. The students were also invited to speak about their academic journey within their chosen course. The MCRRH Indigenous Undergraduate Student’s Award recognises leadership and role modelling as well as academic performance. Jenna is the fourth recipient of the award for an outstanding performance in these categories.

The MCRRH Head of Indigenous Health, Shaun Solomon, supports Indigenous students studying at the centre. In his role, Shaun supports the development and journeys of Indigenous students. “Jenna has been one of those students who has consistently displayed leadership and role modelling capacity through her ability to successfully juggle her study, work and family life,” said Shaun.

Not only does she have the highest academic achievements in her nursing cohort, but she also goes above and beyond to assist fellow students and complete all her studies on time. “JCU is committed to supporting our graduating to be the best they can be,” Prof Sabina Knight said, “We are proud Jenna has achieved this. She is a contender for an academic excellence award on graduation if she continues this trajectory.”

Pictured from left to right: Daarn Felton-Busch, Kerryn Grieve, Jenna Grieve, Professor Sabina Knight AM (Director, MCRRH) & Professor Martin Nakata (Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy)

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