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Student aspiration and local support drives CEF Namoi

By September 25, 2020January 14th, 2021No Comments
CEF Namoi road to the local community


Committee: CEF Namoi

Established: 2002

Region: Narrabri & Wee Waa


Open – 1 August 2020
Close – 31st October 2020

The strength of the CEF network lies in the delicate balance of individual diversity, and each local CEF foundation’s collective goal.

Our volunteers possess all manner of talents, skills and interests. Take CEF Namoi, a committee who humbly admits to talents including child wrangling, event planning, cooking delicious treats and one with the voice of an angel.

As with all our committees, it is what volunteers have in common that drives local foundation success. When asked, CEF Namoi identifies these as generosity, motivation, and the unwavering dedication to make the education journey easier for their local young people.

CEF Namoi in the beginning

Jocellin Jansson, a Narrabri local and former CEF CEO, was the passionate advocate for educational equity indentifying the significant need of their youth. In 2002, Jocellin formed a dynamic committee and established CEF Namoi (formally Narrabri Education Foundation).

Today CEF Namoi is considered a worthy and reliable charity, working with the local community for the local youth.

Local grants and national funding

CEF Namoi applications are now open to local youth (16-25 years) who will undertake further education. This study can be an apprenticeship, traineeship, diploma, or degree. If you live or attended school in the local area and you can demonstrate need, you are eligible to apply for a local grant.

Funding these students is firstly thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals who sponsor and donate to CEF Namoi. Being part of the national CEF network, local students may also be eligible for further national funding thanks to the educational, corporate, and philanthropic partnerships of national office.

“I’m honoured to be able to support the young people of our community to achieve their education dreams whilst simultaneously investing in the future of our region.” Angela Young – CEF Namoi, School & Corporate Donor Liaison

William McIlrath Foundation – CEF Scholarship

Eligible CEF Namoi students, who are enrolled in an undergraduate course in NSW for 2021 may be eligible for the newly established William McIlrath Foundation-CEF scholarship.

This scholarship is valued at $22,000 over three years to support those students who may not have been able to pursue further study and is thanks to the William McIlrath Charitable Foundation. Click here to find out more.

The work of the CEFN is paramount in making study opportunities more available to our young people, relieving some of the financial stresses imposed upon families, and providing a supportive foundation for students post-school.

Donna McKinstryCEF Namoi - Vice Chair & Student Liaison

You get to meet some amazing young people, give something back to the community and make some new friends along the way.

Trudy StainesCEF Namoi - Chair

Like most young people, my three children had to move away to complete their education. After experiencing it firsthand, I am well aware of the extra financial cost country people incur in acquiring tertiary education and it is the reason I dedicate my time to this worthy cause.

Rob JacksonCEF Namoi - Treasurer

It's lovely to be involved in trying to help the younger generation succeed in their education and training goals. Plus it is a great way to get involved with the community.

Trish JacksonCEF Namoi - Treasurer Elect

I chose to volunteer with the CEFN because I believe that education is pivotal to the sustainability of rural communities and it is important to invest in our future generation.

Ellen JohnCEF Namoi - Publicity Officer & Corporate Donor Liaison

Rural communities don’t often have all the services at our doorstep, but this should not stop us making sure every opportunity is presented to our youth. If we want children to return to our regional communities and offer their skills, we must first let them know how important it is to have a good education.

Ann-Maree GalagherCEF Namoi - School & Corporate Donor Liaison

I’m honoured to be able to support the young people of our community to achieve their education dreams whilst simultaneously investing in the future of our region.

Angela YoungCEF Namoi - School & Corporate Donor Liaison

When you know the background of some of our applicants, it amazes me how resilient, resourceful and driven some of our local students are.

Rebecca ThistlewaiteCEF Namoi - Secretary

The question of selection

Each of our volunteers work diligently to identify the worthiest recipients. After the shortlisting process, students are interviewed, so the committee really understands their circumstances and aspirations.

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, CEF Namoi secretary explains, “When you know the background of some of our applicants, it amazes me how resilient, resourceful and driven they are. The first in their family to finish high school, the first to go on to further education, emancipated, and supporting themselves financially while undertaking the HSC. And nobody knows this until they ask the right questions.”

CEF committees know their community well and believe in delivering the best opportunities for students to reach their goals.


Author Lisa

CEF Committee Liaison

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