Univer­sity grant for sis­ters

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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 salome.vil­liger@gmail.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

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