Family keeps charitable eye on students
TOWNSVILLE man Zac Grant has spent the past 10 years studying under the watchful eye of charitable organisation The Smith Family.
Now, as a qualified social worker, the 21-year-old can give back to the same community that assisted him.
Mr Grant recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work, while fellow Smith Family recipient Teri Acraman earned a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
The Smith Family program gave them both financial and emotional help, boosting their confidence a n d i m p r o v i n g t h e i r o p p o r t u n i t i e s v i a e d u - cation.
Mr Grant said without The Smith Family’s financial assistance, he wouldn’t have been able to continue on to university study.
He said the organisation’s long history with helping the disadvantaged was a motivating factor in his decision to study social work.
‘‘ The scholarship helped me with some of the expenses like textbooks and also helped me with independence and taught me how to manage my money,’’