Time is closing in on an application deadline for a local education scholarship program.
Chairman of the Country Education Foundation of Goulburn and District, Guy Milson is urging young people to apply for assistance.
The program assists university and TAFE students, as well as those embarking on apprenticeships, with study costs.
Mr Milson said the Foundation had helped 65 young people and provided $300,000 funding over the 15 years of its existence.
“We’ve seen some great success stories,” he said.
“It’s been cathartic in many areas where kids come in with no idea of what they want to do, decide on university or similar path and then just bloom.”
Each recipient has a mentor from the Foundation who maintains contact with them through the scholarship’s duration. Mr Milson said it was far from a “set and forget” initiative.
One of the recipients, Jasmine Stanberg from Yarra, said she found this aspect particularly helpful.
“It’s really comforting to have a message or a phone call every now and again to ask how I’m going. Uni can be so stressful but having that support is reassuring,” she said.
Miss Stanberg is studying nursing at the Australian Catholic University. She’s applying for a second round of assistance from the Education Foundation this year.
Applications for scholarships can be made on the Country Education Foundation Goulburn website up until January, 24.
Forms can also be picked up at Boyce Accounting in Montague Street. Interviews with applicants will be held on January 29 and a presentation made to recipients in early February.
For more information call Mr Milson on 0423 98 4729.
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