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Helping hand for school leavers

Thursday, 25th September, 2014

CEF CEO Sarah Taylor. CEF CEO Sarah Taylor.

Broken Hill school leavers will have a helping hand to get into university with new scholarships from the Country Education Foundation and the Eureka Benevolent Foundation.

CEF CEO, Sarah Taylor, said two $10,000 grants for first year university students would make a big difference to local students who had to leave home to pursue higher education.

"Broken Hill school leavers really struggle with the cost of moving to Adelaide, Canberra and elsewhere and as a result, many good students simply miss out," Ms
Taylor said.

"These new scholarships, two each year over three years, will go a long way towards making a successful transition, especially in that difficult first year," she said.

The scholarships are available to students from Broken Hill High or Willyama High (including those on a gap year to raise funds for study) who need help to attend university in 2015.

Students from both schools can also apply to the CEF for $5,000 per annum scholarships funded by the McLean Foundation.

Ms Taylor said that all three scholarships were based on financial need, not just academic record: "You don't have to be top of the class to get one of these scholarships - they are for eligible first year students who need financial assistance to fund their study."

Full details on the scholarships and how to apply can be found at:

https://cef.org.au/cef/cef-foundations/nsw-foundations/broken- hill-country-education-fund/

The closing date is October 10.

Information is also available from the Country Education Foundation on 1300 652 144 or the careers advisers at the BH and Willyama high schools.

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