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Scholarships up for grabs

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019

2019’s Education Award recipient Eilis Quinn and Y’s Men’s Club president Geoff Webb are encouraging school students to apply for the $5,000 scholarships that have just opened. PICTURE: Myles Burt 2019’s Education Award recipient Eilis Quinn and Y’s Men’s Club president Geoff Webb are encouraging school students to apply for the $5,000 scholarships that have just opened. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Applications for two very generous scholarships intended for local high school students are now open, and the sponsors would like to see more boys apply.

The grants are being offered once again by the Broken Hill Y’s Men’s Club and the Silver City Workingmen’s Club.

Each is worth $5000 and they are for school leavers looking to pursue study at university or a tertiary course.

The Y’s Men’s Club’s Educational Award was established to support a student undergoing financial hardship that might hinder their ability to access tertiary education.

The 2019 scholarship recipient was Eilis Quinn, who is now undertaking a double degree in Education and Arts (majoring in History) at Flinders University.

Eilis said it was a great help during her first year.

“Everything from textbooks at school, simple things like Wi-Fi. In my course we had to get extra certificates,” she said.

“That just helped cover all the expenses that uni had.”

Y’s Men’s Club president, Geoff Webb, said the club was pleased to see Eilis doing so well in her studies. 

The Silver City Workingmen’s Club scholarship winner in 2019, Jasmine Fargher, received $5,000 to study nursing in Mildura. 

Mr Webb said he hoped to see the scholarship recipients come back to Broken Hill with their new-found knowledge but that the main aim was to support those in  need of financial help. 

“We want to give people a leg up,” Mr Webb said.

“We do want people who have the get up and go to succeed, definitely, but we also want those people who need the economic help.”

Scholarship applications are due on January 28 and interviews will begin in early February. 

Eilis said the interview process was initially daunting but proved very straightforward.

“You don’t know what to expect going into it but I found it a lovely environment,” she said. “You kind of just sit there and they just ask you personal questions.

“They’re not too direct, they’re just friendly. It’s like having a chat.”

Mr Webb said there seemed to be a lack of awareness about the Y’s Men’s Club Education Award, and suggested more students throw their hat in the ring, especially boys. 

“We found girls seemed eminently more prepared than boys at these interview situations and also having a go at it,” Mr Webb said.

“It’s really wonderful that people are applying, but we need more boys.”

Application forms for the Y’s Men’s and the Workingmen’s club scholarships may be collected at the YMCA in Chloride Street.

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