Fam­ily keeps char­i­ta­ble eye on stu­dents

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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,’’

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