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Georgie’s helping hand

Monday, 4th February, 2019

Broken Hill Lions Club President Stephen Turner with their 2019 Scholarship winner, Georgie Kuerschner. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Broken Hill Lions Club President Stephen Turner with their 2019 Scholarship winner, Georgie Kuerschner. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

Willyama High graduate Georgie Kuerschner has won this year’s Broken Hill Lions Club Scholarship.

The scholarship will provide Georgie $4000 across the four years of her university studies, helping to cover whatever expenses she needs. 

President of the Broken Hill Lions Club Stephen Turner said their scholarship, like their Youth of the Year competition, was all about helping out young people with their educations and careers.

“This scholarship is all about helping out young people financially so that to get through their course,” he said.

“When they go away (for their studies) they’ll know that people from Broken Hill are helping them out so they can get on with their careers.

“(So each year) I go to the high schools and pass on the application forms for these scholarships to Willyama principal Grant Shepherd and Broken Hill High principal Ross MacKay.

“So all the kids could applied through their schools.”

Stephen said a combination of Georgie’s HSC trails results, community work and educational and leadership qualities was what stood out to the judges and why she won the scholarship.

Georgie said she was very thankful for the Broken Hill Lions Club for the scholarship and the financial assistance it supplied.

“To win this is very exciting. I don’t usually like being recognised because I don’t do what I do for that, but it’s very nice and I’m very thankful to have this financial aid for university,” she said.

“I’ll be heading off to Wollongong this year and I’m studying Bachelor of Laws, so the money from this will help out for textbooks, accommodation and other bits and bobs.

“But with the help of my parents, we’ll choose what we use the scholarship for.”

She said for those interested in applying in the future, make sure to keep giving it a go even if they didn’t rate their chances of success highly.

“Coming from Broken Hill we are at a disadvantage being rural so it’s very important to apply as much as possible because even if you think you won’t get it there’s every chance you might,” said Georgie.

Applications for next year’s Broken Hill Lions Club Scholarship will begin later this year. 

Those applying need to be under the age of twenty, have completed high school trial exams in either Broken Hill, Menindee or Wilcannia, have not commenced a university course and not applied for a gap year.

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