Boost helps student with studies
Laura Donnelly was never going to let a disability get in the way of her education.
And thanks to a $7500 scholarship from the Jubilee Trust, the 21-year-old was able to focus on completing her bachelor of health science in occupational therapy at AUT University last year.
Applications for grants to people with a physical disability close on February 13.
The trust and Royal Oak-based CCS Disability Action is looking for people to apply for general grants, which cover activities, equipment and adaptations, and education grants and scholarships which help disabled people with some of the extra costs. More than $500,000 is given to individuals and organisations each year.
Ms Donnelly has hemihypertrophy which causes both sides of the body to grow at different rates.
She would have had to work part-time while studying if she hadn’t received the scholarship.
‘‘Work and study would have been a challenge. That was particularly helpful as we had two 10-week practical placements in our final year.’’
Grant helps: Laura Donnelly studied at AUT University with the help of a scholarship from the Jubilee Trust and CCS Disability Action.