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Support for local students

Saturday, 20th February, 2021

Foundation Broken Hill Skillshare Education Grant recipients (from left) Michelle Pearce, Eilis Quinn and Samantha Cecchin with Pam Clarke (second from left), Skillshare Manager for 28 years. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Foundation Broken Hill Skillshare Education Grant recipients (from left) Michelle Pearce, Eilis Quinn and Samantha Cecchin with Pam Clarke (second from left), Skillshare Manager for 28 years. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

Three students will be supported in their university studies this year  after being awarded Foundation Broken Hill Skillshare Education Grants. 

Foundation Broken Hill Executive Officer Gayle Ball said the high standard of all applications made the process difficult for the selection panel. 

“We interviewed five finalists chosen from a pool of 24 applicants but selecting only one successful candidate was extremely challenging,” Mrs Ball said.

Michelle Pearce, Eilis Quinn and Samantha Cecchin have been selected as the recipients of this year’s grants. 

Michelle Pearce is in her final year of a Bachelor of Nursing which she is completing externally through the University of South Australia. 

The mother of four works casually but will be required to do five months of unpaid placement this year - with one of those requiring travel and accommodation in a metropolitan area. 

She has been awarded a grant to help meet some of her costs. 

Eilis Quinn is entering her third year of a double degree, a Bachelor of Education (primary) and Bachelor of Arts (history) on campus at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Eilis works part time in Broken Hill during the university breaks and has been awarded one of this year’s grants to help with the cost of on-campus accommodation. 

Samantha Cecchin is about to begin a double degree, a Bachelor of Criminology and Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University, whilst working part time in Broken Hill. 

Samantha will use her grant to assist with her office set up costs. 

“The chosen grant recipients demonstrated an admirable determination to achieve their academic goals,” Mrs Ball said. 

“All three recipients were incredibly grateful when being told they had been chosen for this year’s grants and it was lovely to see the money awarded to such inspiring people.”

The Foundation Broken Hill Chairman John Lynch said the long-standing relationship with Skillshare continues to benefit the local community.

“We’re proud to continue to support people in their future endeavours and hope these grants will ease some of the financial burden that comes with tertiary education,” Mr Lynch said.

“Foundation Broken Hill has a long history of supporting projects that will positively impact the local community and all three recipients of this year’s grants have indicated they would like to work in Broken Hill when they’ve completed their studies. 

“The quality of both the applicants and recipients of this year’s grants program is a good indication that Broken Hill’s future is in good hands.”

To date, almost $43,000 has been awarded through this grant program. 

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