Ed­u­ca­tion bur­saries en­cour­age stu­dents

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ED­U­CA­TION fees can be a fi­nan­cial battle for some fam­i­lies but thanks to the RSL North Queens­land Di s t r i c t RSL Women’s Aux­il­iary, four Townsville stu­dents have been given a leg up.

T h e s t u d e n t s w e r e awarded bur­saries which are com­prised of two $ 500 pay­ments for years 11 and 12.

S t M a r g a r e t M a r y ’ s stu­dent Jessica Church, 16, and St Pa­trick’s Col­lege pupil Meghan Durn­ford, 15, both re­ceived their first $ 500 pay­ments last week and Kir­wan High’s Sarah Dick­ens, 17, and Pim­lico High’s Philip Petersen re­ceived their fi­nal cheques.

T h e b u r s a r i e s a r e awarded to stu­dents who were nom­i­nated by a relat i v e s e r v i n g i n t h e Women’s Aux­il­iary.

Vice Pres­i­dent Denise Durn­ford said she was sure all the stu­dents would put the bur­saries to good use.

‘‘ Ed­u­ca­tion is very im­por­tant for a young per­son, es­pe­cially if they want to go on to univer­sity,’’ Ms Durn­ford said.

‘‘ We hope our bur­saries en­cour­age the stu­dents to con­tinue their stud­ies.’’

Jessica said her great grand­mother Joy Mul­hall was a mem­ber o f t he Women’s Aux­il­iary and en­cour­aged her to ap­ply for a bur­sary.

‘‘ I’ll be putting the money

P h i l i p ’ s g r a n d mot h e r Julie Mor­ri­son nom­i­nated him for his bur­sary.

‘ ‘ I f I end up l eav­ing Townsville to go to univer­sity I will use the money to help out,’’ he said.

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