Karen schol­ar­ships

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from refugee and asy­lum­seeker ad­vo­cacy groups have pre­sented two stu­dents from the Wim­mera’s Karen com­mu­nity with Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity of Aus­tralia Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ships.

As schol­ar­ship spon­sors, they pre­sented the $1000 awards dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the univer­sity’s Wim­mera cam­pus in Hor­sham.

Judy Warne from Dunkeld Refugee and Asy­lum Seeker Sup­port pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate to Diploma of Nurs­ing stu­dent Muh Muh Maw Kay.

Pam Walker from Hamil­ton and District Ru­ral Aus­tralia for Refugees pre­sented Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sciences stu­dent Tha Blay Sher with a cer­tifi­cate.

The univer­sity’s foun­da­tion has es­tab­lished schol­ar­ships to en­hance stu­dents’ chances of suc­ceed­ing at the univer­sity.

The foun­da­tion’s aim is to em­power and en­able stu­dents to make a con­tri­bu­tion to so­cial­ity af­ter they grad­u­ate.

Tha Blay said she was con­fi­dent the schol­ar­ship, which would help with fuel and travel costs as­so­ci­ated with her trav­el­ling 75 kilo­me­tres to and from univer­sity, would boost her con­fi­dence to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion in the so­cial science sec­tor. As a for­mer refugee, she has par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in how first-gen­er­a­tion refugees can as­sim­i­late into Aus­tralian cul­ture.

A for­mer re­cip­i­ent of a Vol­un­teer­ing Western Vic­to­ria Young Vol­un­teer Award, she hopes to work with refugee set­tle­ment, as­sim­i­la­tion and wel­fare and help de­velop fu­ture po­lices in the sec­tor.

Muh Muh is also a for­mer refugee, with her mother the sole provider for a fam­ily of four chil­dren.

Muh Muh and her fam­ily have over­come sig­nif­i­cant ad­ver­sity to re­set­tle in Aus­tralia and she will en­cour­age oth­ers in the re­gion’s Karen com­mu­nity to achieve goals by fur­ther­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.

She said the schol­ar­ship would help her over­come fi­nan­cial lim­i­ta­tions af­fect­ing her stud­ies.

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