PLC schol­ar­ship up for grabs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

DE­SPITE the sub­mis­sion pe­riod closing on Fe­bru­ary 27, Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege has not re­ceived any ap­pli­ca­tions for its Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship.

The schol­ar­ships fully cov­ers tu­ition fees from Year 7 to 12 for stu­dents who would oth­er­wise not be able to af­ford to at­tend PLC.

The schol­ar­ships are meanstested and ap­pli­cants must show ev­i­dence of strong aca­demic abil­ity, a com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity and par­tic­i­pa­tion in co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Year 8 stu­dent Hal­imah Zaini re­ceived a schol­ar­ship last year and en­cour­aged other stu­dents to con­sider ap­ply­ing.

“It was a big change, but I’m re­ally thank­ful,” the Thorn­lie res­i­dent said.

“I’ve made a lot of new friends and learnt new skills, like sewing.”

Prin­ci­pal Beth Black­wood said Hal­imah was a wel­come ad­di­tion to the school and was in­volved in co-cur­ric­u­lar sport and mu­sic.

“She is very mod­est. She is an ex­tremely high achiever aca­dem­i­cally,” Ms Black­wood said.

“We recog­nise that our fees pro­hibit a num­ber of peo­ple from at­tend­ing.

“Fees are al­ways a con­cern for us and we try to keep in­creases as small as pos­si­ble.”

Ms Black­wood said she as­sumed peo­ple were not ap­ply­ing for the schol­ar­ships be­cause they did not re­alise they ex­isted.

“The stigma sur­round­ing pri­vate schools is that you have to have to be priv­i­leged to come here, which not the case,” she said.

“We value di­ver­sity and we want to in­crease di­ver­sity here.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d433354

Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Hal­imah Zaini has en­cour­aged other stu­dents to con­sider ap­ply­ing.

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