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Families fund three $21,000 Broken Hill scholarships for school leavers

By October 30, 2018 No Comments

Shannon Graham is the 2017 recipient of the McLean Scholarship. 

The Country Education Foundation of Australia is excited to announce two new annual scholarships for university-bound students from the Broken Hill region.

Two family foundations, the Eureka Benevolent Foundation and the Clifford Family Foundation, will join CEF’s long-standing partner the McLean Foundation to offer three 3-year scholarships worth $21,000 each.

The grants by Eureka Benevolent Foundation, the family foundation of Roger Massy-Greene and Belinda Hutchinson, and the Clifford Family Foundation, the family foundation of Leigh and Sue Clifford, both reflect personal connections of their founders with the Broken Hill area. The families wanted to acknowledge their connections by supporting students from the area in furthering their education and careers.

Each scholarship will be to a value of $7000 per annum for three years, to three individual students.

The McLean Foundation has an 11-year partnership with CEF. McLean Foundation founders Rob and Paula McLean said they are proud to continue supporting the young people of Broken Hill with added help from the Eureka Benevolent Foundation and the Clifford Family Foundations.

“These new scholarships were sparked by the families’ collective desire to see the young people of Broken Hill be supported in a significant way throughout their time at university,” Rob said.  “As a Broken Hill boy myself, I know first-hand the benefit a scholarship can give a young person. It’s the gift of belief that has long-lasting effects, and one that cannot be counted by dividends.”

Roger Massy-Greene said: “My first job after leaving university was as an engineer at the New Broken Hill Consolidated mine. Later, my employment at the NBHC mine was the basis of a scholarship from Rio Tinto to study at Harvard, so my years in Broken Hill provided a powerful understanding of the value of a university education.  My daughters Ella and Sophie were born in Broken Hill, so as a family we are glad to be giving back to the city”.

CEF CEO, Wendy Cohen, said she is delighted that the family foundations are seeing the need for more support in rural and regional areas.

“The young people of Broken Hill are often isolated emotionally, financially and geographically when they leave home to pursue their education. These scholarships are the largest that CEF offers and will support Broken Hill students in a real and tangible way.”

“We can’t thank the McLean, Eureka Benevolent Foundation and Clifford Family foundations enough for making these life-changing gifts.”

Students from Broken Hill and Willyama High Schools are eligible to apply for the three $21,000 scholarships before applications close on November 30, 2018.

Eligible students must demonstrate their social and financial need, and they are urged to apply via www.cef.org.au/foundations/broken-hill/

More information about our Broken Hill Scholarships are here: https://cef.org.au/cef-national-scholarships/ 

 

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