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Great start for education scholarship fund

Goulburn Valley Education Scholarship Fund launched with a Winter Feast at Mitchelton Winery at Nagambie on Sunday.

ELAINE COONEY July 30, 2014 3:44am

Ali Alamein, Kawther Alamein and Morris Sleep at the Goulburn Valley Education Scholarship Fund launch at Mitchelton Winery on Sunday.


Four students from the Goulburn Valley will benefit from scholarships for third level education thanks to a huge fundraising effort on Sunday.

More than 120 people attended the launch of the Goulburn Valley Education Scholarship Fund at Mitchelton Winery at Nagambie.

The Winter Feast, organised by The Community Fund Goulburn Valley and Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project, raised $23000 to kickstart the scholarship fund.

Attendees paid $100 for a two-course meal and drinks at the winery and items auctioned included an original Michael Leunig painting and riverside lunches.

The Community Fund Goulburn Valley chief executive Lisa McKenzie said the event raised twice as much as expected.

Ms McKenzie said the $5000 grants could be used for a variety of third-level education expenses such as laptops, books or a bond for a rental property.

‘‘It can be for whatever they deem necessary,’’ she said.

Ms McKenzie said low family incomes in the region made it difficult for many young people to go on to tertiary study.

She said many students in the Goulburn Valley chose to defer their third-level placement.

‘‘Kids try to work to raise enough money to go (to third level education), but sometimes don’t get there,’’ she said.

‘‘For the community to thrive we need an educated workforce.

‘‘A lot of local kids are not getting the opportunity to realise their potential.

‘‘Jobs are requiring higher entry level skills and our region needs a well-educated workforce if it is to thrive.’’

The Community Fund will administer the scholarships and a committee led by former Greater Shepparton mayor Anne McCamish will award them.

Ms McKenzie said the scholarships would not be based solely on academic merit, but would also be assessed on attitude and need.

She said shortlisted applicants would go forward to an interview process.

The applications will open at the end of the year and be advertised through local media and secondary schools.

 

Anyone who would like to contribute to the Goulburn Valley Education Scholarship Fund can call The Community Fund Goulburn Valley on 1300651224.

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