Psychology student Ruby Lay is off to a great start at university thanks to a CEF local grant and co-funding from Swinburne University of Technology.

This year CEF welcomed Swinburne University of Technology to our education partner program. Swinburne is our very first Victorian education partner. With a number of local grants program students attending Swinburne it was fantastic to deliver the news that they would be receiving co-funding.

Ruby Lay is studying psychology at Swinburne and said her local foundation grant and her co-funding support have made a huge difference in her transition to uni.

One of my main concerns about moving from Balranald to Melbourne for uni was around how I was going to afford to be able to pay for basics like public transport every week. I had heard there was a great yearly pass for $700 but couldn’t afford that kind of money up front until I received my local grant.

Ruby used the remaining funds from her local grant to buy her first semester textbooks. To then get $9,000 co-funding from Swinburne has been life-changing, Ruby said.

“My funding from Swinburne is paying my rent and bills, which means I can save for my dream of undertaking a study abroad semester in England next year. It is such a relief to know that my living costs are covered.”

Ruby hopes to complete an honours degree in psychology, which will qualify her to work in schools.

“I know how much emotional support from people like my local CEF foundation has helped me. I think mental health needs more attention and is as important as physical health for kids.”