University grant for sisters
JULATTEN sisters Salome and Cynthia Villiger have received FNQ Youth Assistance Fund Scholarships, to help them advance in university.
The sisters, who both went to Mossman High School, recently received the grants to help with purchasing books, computers and other necessary items ready for their studies at James Cook University.
Cynthia Villiger is commencing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in Townsville and received a $2200 scholarship from the Don Watson Memorial Fund.
Salome received a $ 1000 scholarship from the Peggy Watson Memorial Fund to help in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree.
‘‘When I finish my degree I will be a doctor and I’m too sure yet what my speciality will be, but I’m to go into the Rural Generals program and specialise in multiple things,’’ Salome Villiger said.
‘‘I have six years in total and after I graduate I am hoping to volunteer with MSF Doctors without Borders.’’
Ms Villiger has received a scholarship every year for her tertiary studies and said it has really helped – in her first she had to buy a computer, printer, software and multiple books with the scholarship – and it also helped with moving from Julatten to study, and the bond and rent.
‘‘I heard about the scholarship before I started for first year and applied for it then. John Anich in Mossman was very kind to help me apply for it and directed me through so I was successful and I have kept re-applying for it,’’ she said.
‘‘It has been a massive help and I would recommend it for others thinking of studying. Mr Anich said there are funds they are really willing to give local students if only they applied. It’s not hard to apply and if anyone would like help they can contact me at email@example.com, otherwise Mr Anich would be more than happy to help with the application.’’
FNQ Youth Assistance Fund office manager Debra Wood said that a total of $51,100 was distributed to 27 recipients and a further $15,737 has been distributed for sporting state or national championships and stationery supplies.
She said that even if students are unsure if they have got into their university course or will accept any offers, they should apply for the scholarship just in case – the scholarships are there to help them achieve their dreams.
‘‘ Year 12s should consider applying before the applications close on December 31 each year even though they don’t find out what their OP is until midDecember and not told of their acceptance into their preferences until mid-January,’’ she said.
‘‘We have existed for 42 years and people have never heard of us before, but we assist from Cardwell up to the Thursday Island and as far as Normanton and we are hoping communities will get the word out.
‘‘Our main scholarships are for those commencing or furthering their tertiary studies and we assist up to age 24 and we hope when they graduate and are out in the workforce in their chosen profession they can get back in contact and let us know what they are doing.’’
The scholarships can assist with textbooks, accommodation and rural placements.
Applicants are merit and means tested.
Sisters Salome (left) and Cynthia Villiger