Fund helps stu­dents re­alise their dreams

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

Sup­port­ers, fun­ders, re­cip­i­ents and stake­hold­ers of the Lift Off schol­ar­ship fund gath­ered at Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tute of TAFE Shepparton on Tues­day night.

The an­nual din­ner recog­nises schol­ar­ship part­ners who do­nated to the fund, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Com­mu­nity Fund and the Greater Shepparton Light­house Project.

‘‘The idea be­hind the night is to thank our spon­sors and sup­port­ers and to recog­nise what they are do­ing to help,’’ Com­mu­nity Fund act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea McNab said.

‘‘We also an­nounced some of our new schol­ar­ships and two past re­cip­i­ents shared their sto­ries, speak­ing about how Lift Off has helped them in fur­ther study.’’

Since its in­cep­tion in 2014, Lift Off has as­sisted 40 stu­dents from the re­gion to live their ed­u­ca­tion dream. ‘‘It’s not only the money, it is also about them feel­ing that the com­mu­nity cares and is be­hind them,’’ Mrs McNab said. This year, 27 schol­ar­ships with a value of $80 000 were awarded to stu­dents fac­ing some bar­rier to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion dream.

Mrs McNab said the Com­mu­nity Fund was look­ing for busi­nesses to sup­port the pro­gram.

‘‘If any­one else in our com­mu­nity is in­spired to sup­port our schol­ar­ship pro­gram we would love to hear from you,’’ she said.

On Tues­day night, the 70-odd peo­ple in at­ten­dance raised more than $5000 via ticket prices at the din­ner, enough to award one gen­eral Lift Off schol­ar­ship next year.

Victoria-based stu­dents who have at­tended sec­ondary school in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Nu­murkah, Nathalia, Euroa, Rush­worth, Co­bram and Kyabram are el­i­gi­ble.

Ap­pli­ca­tions open on Septem­ber 11 and will close De­cem­ber 18. Forms can be found at: thecom­mu­ni­ty­fund.com.au

For more pho­tos of the event see Around Town on page 13.

Wel­come: Greater Shepparton Light­house Project chief ex­ec­u­tive Lisa McKen­zie at the an­nual din­ner.

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