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Scholarship to give student needed boost

Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

Emily Pruszinski recently received the CSU Foundation Trust Scholarship, which will help her with her studies. Emily Pruszinski recently received the CSU Foundation Trust Scholarship, which will help her with her studies.

By Emily Roberts

A former local has received a scholarship to help her during her last year of study.

Charles Sturt University student Emily Pruszinski recently found out she had received the CSU Foundation Trust Scholarship.

The scholarship is selected by the School of Teacher Education of Dubbo and is funded by the Rotary Club of Dubbo.

“The top three students within the cohort at the Dubbo campus are selected,” Emily said.

“They then give the scholarship based on academic achievement.

“It’s not something you can apply for, the candidates are selected.”

Emily is in her last year of a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) and said she didn’t realise she was in the top three.

“I had no idea, I found that out when they told me I was successful,” she said.

“I am very surprised and excited. It’s good to see that my hard work has been rewarded; it has paid off.”

She said she had to tell CSU what she would do with the scholarship.

“The scholarship office emailed me to tell me I had been successful,” Emily said.

“I also had to respond and say what my plans are when I graduate and how the money will help.”

Emily believes doing a placement in Vanuatu may have helped.

“That was an eye-opening experience,” she said.

“They have a different teaching technique, they are about 20 years behind Australia and are still using chalk boards.

“But it help my to understand how to teach to people who have English as a second language or with different cultural backgrounds.”

The scholarship is worth $500 and Emily said she will use it to purchase teaching resources.

Emily said she is hoping to complete her last placement session in the city.

“I’m hoping from that I can get a job in the city next year,” she said.

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