Schol­ar­ship changes life for Cloverdale local.

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

SARAH Har­ri­son’s life changed when she landed a Young Aus­tralia League (YAL) schol­ar­ship.

The Cloverdale local is in her sec­ond year of a $12,500 YAL & Lyn­d­say Peet Me­mo­rial Post-Se­condary Schol­ar­ship.

“It takes a lot of pres­sure off, which is good,” Ms Har­ri­son (19) said.

“Now I don’t have to work as much and I can study more. That’s the prob­lem I used to have, try­ing to fig­ure out work and study.

“I know even when I was in high school, I took days off school so I could work. I don’t have to do that now, and I can fo­cus a lot,” she ex­plained.

Ms Har­ri­son is study­ing so­cial work at Curtin University and wants to even­tu­ally work with dis­ad­van­taged youth.

“I would like to give kids op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“Some­times the things they’ve grown up with, they can’t re­ally help it, and I know they in­flu­ence their be­hav­iour a lot.

“Kids, es­pe­cially those in mi­nori­ties, need to know they’re spe­cial and that peo­ple do care, be­cause it’ll help them re­alise and stop do­ing so much crime.”

YAL is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from stu­dents aged be­tween 12 and 25 ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hard­ship due to so­cial cir­cum­stances, dis­abil­ity or dis­tance.

The group was founded in 1905 by prom­i­nent WA busi­ness­man and politi­cian John Joseph ‘Boss’ Si­mons, and the schol­ar­ships are funded through a char­i­ta­ble en­dow­ment trust cre­ated by the YAL board in 2014.

“Our aim is to break down fi­nan­cial and sit­u­a­tional bar­ri­ers and of­fer young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­ad­van­tage a ‘hand up’ to as­sist their con­tin­ued ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion,” YAL chair­man Frank Schaper said.

Sub­mis­sions close on Septem­ber 15. Visit yal.org.au.

Sarah Har­ri­son is find­ing the Young Aus­tralia League schol­ar­ship a big help.

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