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Country Education Foundation of Port Lincoln Launches

By May 28, 2024No Comments
CEF Port Lincoln Committee Members Rob Donaldson, Susan Hooker, Greg Barry and Brian Gabb.

CEF Port Lincoln Committee Members Rob Donaldson, Susan Hooker, Greg Barry and Brian Gabb.

Youth in Port Lincoln will now have access to much needed support to help them achieve their career aspirations through post high school education and training, with the launch of Country Education Foundation of Port Lincoln (CEF Port Lincoln) on Thursday 16th May.

CEF Port Lincoln is the newest local foundation of the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) network and will now deliver CEF’s support in the Port Lincoln area.

CEF is a national for-purpose organisation, made up of 46 local foundations across rural and regional Australia, that help local youth access post-school education, training and employment through grants, scholarships, support services and resources.

Students aged 16-25 who live in or attended school in the Port Lincoln area will be eligible to apply for a grant they can use to reimburse expenses related to their education, such as accommodation and equipment.

From apprentice electricians and hairdressers needing tools for their trade, to university students needing to travel long distances to study teaching or medicine, for example, any student aged 16-25 is encouraged to apply for grants to help them cover their costs.

Photos from the CEF Port Lincoln launch at Port Lincoln High School on Thursday 16th May, 2024.

The committee of CEF Port Lincoln is made up of local volunteers, each having worked with local youth in a diverse range of educational roles, including principals and teachers. One member is also a former CEO of Port Lincoln Council.

CEF Port Lincoln Chair, Greg Barry, said its scholarships would provide a range of support from tools, resources and travel costs to improve the success of its regional students, and it was keen to talk to local industry to create named scholarships targeted to their interests.

There is great support within the community to ensure local students can aspire to further study and have mentoring support. The committee hopes these students are inspired upon completion to return and work in Port Lincoln or another regional area.

– CEF Port Lincoln Chair, Greg Barry

CEF Port Lincoln carries forward the work of the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation’s (EPCF) scholarship program and thanks EPCF for a generous donation to help start its work.

Applications for CEF Port Lincoln student grants for 2025 will open on 1st August 2024 and close on 30th September 2024.

CEF Port Lincoln relies on volunteers to help fundraise, promote donations, and provide mentoring, to provide direct support to local students.

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