Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the Mentor Support Network’s Educational Scholarships Presentation Ceremony. During this annual event, 26 local students receive scholarships to assist with their education.
The scholarship recipients are at high risk of leaving school without finishing their studies and come from many backgrounds such as; disadvantaged families, refugees living in a foreign country and sometimes experience language and/or other learning difficulties.
During the ceremony we heard from a 2009-2010 scholarship recipient who shared his story from arriving in Australia as a refugee through to the scholarship and participating in schooling activities, leading to his future in being able to complete both TAFE and University degree’s in Media and communication.
A local female recipient with dyslexia also shared her story of how the scholarship provided her with both the resources and extra drive to do well at school. With the support of her teachers, she put in an extra hour per subject each week; achieving a top 5 student status by year 12.
Last years’ scholarship beneficiary explained how the program had provided the opportunity to study an Introduction to Software Engineering course. They continued to disclose how this has now led to acceptance into a Computer Science and Engineering degree at the University of Newcastle.
Our Newcastle Division is a proud supporter of the Mentor Support Network program as part of our wider STEM activity. These scholarships have helped many students continue their schooling and is driving engagement and support of our future workforce. I encourage you to also participate in supporting our future leaders and be involved in this program.