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Two of our best off to top start

Thursday, 27th February, 2020

(From left) Former manager of Broken Hill Skillshare Pam Clarke, scholarship winners Shanae McMaster and Stewart Williams and Foundation Broken Hill’s Prue Sulicich. PICTURE: Emily McInerney (From left) Former manager of Broken Hill Skillshare Pam Clarke, scholarship winners Shanae McMaster and Stewart Williams and Foundation Broken Hill’s Prue Sulicich. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

Two youngsters have received a $5,000 grant to help with their future studies.

Shanae McMaster (18) from Ivanhoe, completed a School-based traineeship at RDA Far West through Willyama High School last year.

Fellow 18-year-old Stewart Williams, originally from Menindee, was Dux of Broken Hill High School in 2019 and is beginning a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in Adelaide this year.

Thanks to Foundation Broken Hill, the pair will share the $5,000 grant.

It was a hard task to shift through the record number of applications under the 2020 Foundation Broken Hill-Skillshare Education Program. 

A pool of 26 applications was received with applicants coming from school-leavers through to mature-age students.

Shanae’s grant of $4000 will enable her to undertake the first year of her Bachelor of Social Work (BSOCWK) on-line, before using her Austudy Youth Allowance and part-time work to fund completion of the course. 

Shanae will also use part of the grant to upgrade her old laptop to make the task feasible.

Stewart has been awarded a $1000 grant to help with the cost of textbooks.

“Both recipients were impressive during their interview,” said Foundation Deputy Chair Chris Dougherty.

“Apart from their academic results, they demonstrated a drive to achieve their goals, caring toward the local community and an understanding of its needs. The Foundation is confident the assistance provided is well-placed.”

The Foundation Broken Hill-Skillshare Education Grant was established in 2013 using income generated from funds gifted to the Foundation when Skillshare closed in 2012. To date, almost $38,000 has been awarded through the program.

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