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Tayla awarded Lions scholarship

Thursday, 30th January, 2020

Broken Hill Lions Club President Steve Turner with 2020 Lions Scholarship winner, Tayla Hoysted. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Broken Hill Lions Club President Steve Turner with 2020 Lions Scholarship winner, Tayla Hoysted. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

Tayla Hoysted has been awarded the Broken Hill Lions Club Scholarship for 2020, providing her financial assistance across a four year double degree.

This year, Tayla will begin a Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and a Bachelor of Business Management, with the local Lions Club proving her $500 each semester to help out with university costs.

The scholarship is awarded based on a combination of school exam results and other achievements including communication skills, leadership and involvement in the local community. 

Yesterady, Tayla thanked Lions Club President Steve Turner for the club’s help, saying it was really good to have that extra support for university fees.

“It’s really good to be able to spend not all my own money and my parent’s money on textbooks and accommodation,” she said.

“Going away to university is quite a big cost and it’s really good to be able to have local things supporting us and our education.

“I just want to say thank you (to Lions) for allowing me to apply and for giving me this scholarship allowing me to go study what I like.”

She said her current long term ambitions were be become a sports coach or PE teacher, with women’s soccer a particularly strong interest.

“I’m looking to go with either a sports coach or like a PE teacher or something along (the lines) of coaching kids,” said Tayla.

“I’d preferably want to coach the females (in soccer and) to promote that because there’s not too much of it in Broken Hill and across the world really.”

Steve said the scholarship was part of the youth and education aspect of Lions which also included the Youth of the Year competition.

“We do Youth of the Year as well and this, (and) it’s just another role that the Lions (youth and education) person does,” he said.

“It’s for all high school people but you can’t apply if you’re having a gap year. 

“You can if you’re going to be doing university the following year though.”

He said it was important that Lions supported young people through university, and to achieve their career amibitions.

“It’s just helping our young students, our young people, to be financially able to go to university. It’s  very important that we help in that respect,” said Steve.

“To help them to get that degree. To pay for fees, textbooks and everything else that needs to be paid while you’re going to university.

“And to enjoy a fruitful career, whatever they decide to do.”

Talya’s mother, Anita, also welcomed the Lions scholarship yesterday.

“From a parent’s perspective, it’s very helpful,” she said.

“The costs of university are quite substantive. 

“So we’re extremely grateful for this scholarship, this opportunity for Tayla to apply and for the Lions Club to help with university (costs.)”

For those interetsed in applying for next year’s scholarship, you must be under 20, have completed your High School Trial exams at an educational institution in Broken Hill, Menindee or Wilcannia, not started a university course as well as not having a gap year.

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