HELPING HAND: Ulladulla High School graduates who received grants from the Shoalhaven Education Fund in 2013/14 were Caitlin McFadden, Brett Ingold, Jamie Lee Stevens, Kody Corban and Sophie Johnson. IF you are a young Ulladulla resident leaving school in 2014 and needing a helping hand to further your career, the Shoalhaven Education Fund may be able to help you.
The fund provides financial assistance for young people to attend university, TAFE or college, start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or begin their working life.
The 2015 grant applications are now open until December 31 for young people aged between 16 and 21 years.
“Our grants are not awarded on academic success but we do require applicants to demonstrate to us they have a realistic goal,” Shoalhaven Education Fund Chair Linda Marquis said.
She said applicants should also be dedicated and committed to meeting their goals.
“I would encourage anyone who needs this assistance to apply – we would love to hear from you.”
In order to receive a grant, applicants must submit a written application and meet with an interview panel.
Interviews will be held in mid-January in Nowra and Ulladulla and successful applicants will be notified early February.
The Shoalhaven Education Fund has assisted 29 students from across the Shoalhaven in the past two years and in 2013/14 seven Ulladulla youths received grants.
Cash is not paid in advance but is reimbursed on production of receipts or is paid directly to a third party.
“The education fund is not connected to government in any way, rather funds are raised through fund raising activities throughout the year and generous donations from the business community,” Mrs Marquis said.
“We are also the trustees for the Scott Morrison Scholarship and one applicant will be awarded this inaugural and very special scholarship in 2015.”
Applications can be downloaded at www.cef.org.au/shoalhaven.
The Shoalhaven Education Fund is affiliated with the Country Education Foundation of Australia and is one of 40 education funds nationally supporting rural and country based youth achieve their dreams.
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