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Off to uni with a solid foundation

Thursday, 16th February, 2017

Foundation Broken Hill’s Chris Dougherty, with scholarship winners Katelyn Schenk and Olivia Burt and Foundation Broken Hill director Kevin Taylor. (Absent: Alana Stellini) Foundation Broken Hill’s Chris Dougherty, with scholarship winners Katelyn Schenk and Olivia Burt and Foundation Broken Hill director Kevin Taylor. (Absent: Alana Stellini)

By Emily Roberts

Three young local women will have an easier start to university thanks to Foundation Broken Hill.

Alana Stellini, Katelyn Schenk and Olivia Burt will share in $12,000 worth of grants from Foundation Broken Hill’s Skillshare Education Grant scheme.

They will receive half of their money to start the year and the remainder on successful completion of their first semester.

Alana has already left for university to study a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in Armidale and Katelyn and Olivia are due to start soon.

Katelyn is heading to Adelaide to study for a Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University.

“This grant will be a really big help with university and accommodation, as well as other things like books,” she said.

“It has helped to relieve the financial pressure.

“I am really grateful to Foundation Broken Hill and all the people who gave me this opportunity.”

Katelyn said she will now be able to focus more on her studies.

“I only really get one chance at this, so it means I have more time to focus and achieve the grades I need.

“I leave on Friday so I have to start packing.”

Olivia will be heading to Wollongong University to study a Bachelor of Arts.

“This grant means so much to me, it will help a lot with accommodation, especially since I will be a long way from home,” she said.

“My brother is already at uni so it will ease the burden.

“I am grateful that I could apply and receive such a generous grant.

“It takes the stress off my shoulders.”

Foundation Broken Hill director Kevin Taylor said the selection committee was faced with a dilemma when three of the most outstanding applicants could not be separated.

“We began with a pool of nine good quality applications and interviewed five young people, but it became impossible to separate the top three,” Mr Taylor said.

“They are all worthy recipients, have demonstrated need and will be excellent ambassadors for Broken Hill.

“We hope they will all bring back new skills and knowledge to benefit the local community.” 

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