Saturday, 10th February, 2018
By Emily Ferguson
Stephanie Warhurst and Airlie Barraclough are the recipients of the 2018 Skillshare Education Grant.
The Skillshare Education Grant is funded by Foundation Broken Hill in conjunction with an endowment with Broken Hill Skillshare.
After Skillshare closed in 2012, they gifted their assets to the foundation for the education grant and that is now the legacy of Skillshare.
The grant program has been going for five years and this year is the sixth year that Foundation Broken Hill and Skillshare have supplied grants to individuals in the Broken Hill community and surrounding regions.
The objective of the grant program is to encourage a person to pursue a course of study in a field which will benefit their job opportunities.
Applicants must be committed to their chosen studies, undertaking a course that leads to a recognised qualification or skill set and be considering returning to Broken Hill or the region to pursue their chosen field.
Each grant will be provided on an individual basis to meet the requirements of the applicant. An annual grant (of up to $5,000) is offered prior to the commencement of the educational year.
This year there was a record number of 21 applicants, which made for a difficult decision.
Six of the applicants were interviewed and interviewed very well. They were also assessed by a sub-committee panel which consisted of two to three committee members and Skillshare manager, Pam Clarke.
Stephanie Warhurst is the recipient of the full grant. Stephanie is heading to Adelaide to study at the University of South Australia in a Bachelor of Medical Radiation (Medical Imaging).
Airlie Barraclough received a partial grant. Airlie is also studying in Adelaide, at Flinders University, in a Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Primary K - 7).
Both Stephanie and Airlie plan to use their grants to assist in their accommodation payments.
The Foundation regularly only hands out one grant but this year they gave two, one full and one partial grant.
Collectively, the Skillshare Education grant has supplied just under $30,000 in grants.
Foundation Broken Hill manager, Kimberly Fell said: “It’s a really good program, we wish we had more to give.
“Anyone who wants to contribute is more than welcome to.”
Applications will open in November 2018 for the 2019 Skillshare Education Grant. Anyone can apply, even those who have applied previously and been either successful or unsuccessful.