The Nyngan Country Education Foundation (CEF) has provided $25,500 to help students achieve their post-high school goals, with 17 grants given since 2015.
Among the recipients are Nelson and Georgie Salter, who are both studying at the University of Newcastle.
“I am so grateful for the assistance of Nyngan CEF!” Georgia said.
“The support I have received through my scholarship has enabled me to concentrate on my studies without the stress of wondering how I will afford the ongoing expenses of textbooks and accommodation, whist living so far away from home.
“Nyngan will always be my home, but I am so thrilled that university is giving me so many opportunities and new experiences!”
In late 2016, Nelson decided to transfer from from Bachelor of Biological Science to Radiation Medical Science (Nuclear Medicine).
“Transferring from my previous degree meant I had to buy textbooks and resources for my new degree,” he said.
“Not having to worry about my financial situation when purchasing university resources has reduced my stress immensely!
“Thanks to CEF, my first semester in my new degree was enjoyable and was able to use the best resources possible without financial limits.”
A total of $7400 in financial support has been provided by the CEF in 2017 alone (including grants and university co-funding), with $1900 contributed by university partners.
CEF scholarships are available to anyone in further studies aged between 16 and 25, and recipients can reapply.
The next meeting of the Nyngan CEF will be held on Monday, November 20 at 5pm at the RSL.