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From volunteering with a number of organisations helping young children in her hometown to placing fifth in an international film festival raising awareness for disabilities, it is clear that Teagan Mayor has a heart of gold.

Charles Sturt University

Bachelor of Education

Local foundation:
Temora & District Education Fund

Teagan was raised in a small village of only 300 people between Cootamundra and Temora in NSW.

She has a true connection to her town saying: ‘Temora High School and the community helped me grow and achieve the path I am on today.’

That path has her studying a Bachelor of Education (K-12) at the Albury-Wodonga Charles Sturt University Campus.

From a large family of nine, Teagan says there is never a dull moment at home.

Selfless and humble, when she returned home during COVID, she took time to tutor her siblings and help them navigate the online learning experience.

I found this experience absolutely terrifying but overall, I think it will help me a little bit when I do my future placements,” she says.

I believe the ability to help children grow and learn through what I am teaching them sparked the thought of being a teacher.

Teagan took some time last year to write an amazing thank you to Temora & District Education Fund, Charles Sturt University and CEF for the support she received that helped to make her first year of university possible.

We could easily write something wonderful about this young woman, however, nothing can demonstrate her kindness, thoughtfulness and gratefulness more than her very own words.


“I’d like to mention the town that gave me a scholarship for 2020, the Temora District and Education Fund (TDEF).

I am forever thankful for the grant I received from the TDEF. I keep in contact with them regularly and continue to support the community in any way I can.

It was a privilege that I received what I did, and through the generosity of the Temora Rotary Club, it changed my life.

There is nothing I can do to measure up to the opportunities the TDEF has provided for me and hundreds of other young adults in the same shoes.“


“CEF provides amazing opportunities for young people all over Australia. It is such a great feeling to know that the university that I attend supports them and people like myself in their studies as they further their career. “

CEF has changed thousands of lives and supported people into the careers of their dreams, just like they are doing for me.


“I personally would like to thank you for the opportunity that Charles Sturt University has provided me.

Hearing of the co-funding scholarship I received by my local foundation was overwhelming and helped me out in more ways than you could’ve imagined.

It helped me get a proper laptop I can use for that will survive well after I finish my degree. It allowed me to get actual textbooks instead of the online ones, and most importantly it helped to cover the last part of my rent when I came back for an 8-week block at the end of session two.

Thank you for being a partner of CEF, thank you for all your continued support, and most importantly, thank you for providing me with the scholarship.”

How incredible. And if the above doesn’t convince you that Teagan is a fantastic ambassador for rural and regional youth, keep reading to see how she would spend her last ten dollars.


Best playlist for concentrating?
For deep concentration I recommend ‘alpha waves music’ but if you need to get that essay completed in less then 2 hours then I highly suggest the Mario Kart Race music

Favourite place for coffee of tea?
Homemade coffee outside on a table in nice warm sunlight with a cool breeze

Last book you read?
Kitty Flanagan – 488 Rules for Life

Fantasy study group?
Ummmm…. Definitely Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Emma Watson, Elon Musk and Rosa Parks

How would you spend your last $10?
It would depend on the kind of situation I am in, to be honest I would probably share it with whoever I’m with or give it to someone who needs it.


Author Nicole

CEF Engagement & Development

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