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A helping hand

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Isabella De Franceschi and the Y’s Men’s club members Ron Farquhar (left) and Geoff Webb. Isabella De Franceschi and the Y’s Men’s club members Ron Farquhar (left) and Geoff Webb.

By Michael Murphy

Isabella De Franceschi had an exceptional start to her university studies this year thanks to a scholarship from the Y’s Men’s and Workingmen’s clubs.

The former Broken Hill High School student finished her HSC in 2015 and took a gap year last year to work at the YMCA and save money for the next step in her education.

This year she began a Radiography and Medical Imaging course at Monash University in Melbourne.

“The scholarship has been really good for me,” Isabella said.

“There are so many expenses associated with university, some that I was expecting and some that I definitely wasn’t,” she said.

Isabella used the money to help pay for accommodation at a residential college on campus, text books, uniforms for placement work, and other things to help her set up such as a bedside table and storage.

“It took a real big weight off my shoulders,” she said.

“I have a lot of work to do for uni so just even finding time to work once or twice a week takes a lot of effort.

“So not having to worry about working and getting settled and getting used to everything was really helpful.

“It helped me focus on my work.”

Every year, the Y’s Men’s Club and the Silver City Workingmen’s Club awards two scholarships to local students worth $5000 each.

The clubs particularly want to help students who demonstrate financial or other hardship that inhibits their ability to access tertiary education. Male applicants are encouraged to apply as there have been few in the past.

Application forms are available at the Broken Hill Aquatic Centre in McCulloch Street and the temporary YMCA building in Oxide Street.

The deadline for completed forms is January 25.

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