Boost helps stu­dent with stud­ies

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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