Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is excited to once again offer four scholarships to the value of $84,000 to 2020 university-bound students, thanks to the support of four families dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunities in Broken Hill.
The Eureka Benevolent Foundation and the Zagora Family Foundations, along with Andrew and Paula Liveris will join CEF’s long-standing partners, the McLean Foundation, to offer four 3-year scholarships worth $21,000 each.
Eureka Benevolent Foundation chairman Roger Massy-Greene AM, spent many years in Broken Hill and says: “it provided a powerful understanding of the value of a university education.” This is sentiment echoed by 2019 McLean scholar Cooper Lawson, who says simply: “education is power.”
Throughout their professional lives Rob McLean, Roger Massy-Greene AM and Leigh Clifford AO spent time working in the outback mining town, where they crossed paths. Roger has two daughters who were born in Broken Hill and Rob grew up as a young boy in the town so knows firsthand the hardships encountered in such a remote area and the importance of new opportunities to inspire and encourage aspirations.
Like Rob, Sue Clifford grew up in Broken Hill on a property near Menindee and Paula Liveris was born in the Far West town, and they too understand the challenges faced by students in the area. Lily-Anne Chapman, the 2019 recipient of the Eureka Benevolent Foundation scholarship, reminds students with dreams that they are not and will not be alone: “there are so many people out there who have been through this experience before you and many that are going through it with you. Take the support that is offered to you and remember that you’re not the only one who’s not from a city.”
CEF Acting CEO Juliet Petersen says the education charity is excited to offer these scholarships again to Broken Hill students who are ready to undertake tertiary education, despite the distance it will put between them and their established support network.
“We have come across some exceptional young adults with such strength and resilience in administering these scholarships and have witnessed wonderful outcomes. We can provide another level of financial and social support during a critical life changing time, support that would not be possible without our very generous and passionate donors. They are changing the lives of these students.”
All four 2019 scholars without hesitation encourage current Year 12 students at Willyama and Broken Hill high schools to apply for scholarship, saying it is without doubt worth the effort. All students are doing very well academically and have faced their share of challenges, but there is one thing they agree on: the best part of 2019 has been the new people they have met.
Using words like ‘incredible’, ‘supportive’, ‘amazing’ and ‘family’ when describing their experiences, they are already creating friendships that will last a lifetime.
Students from Broken Hill and Willyama High Schools are encouraged to apply via https://cef.org.au/cef-national-scholarships before applications close on November 30, 2019. Eligible students must demonstrate their social and financial need in their application.