Two of our best off to top start
Thursday, 27th February, 2020
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.