Scholarship helps study success
FINISHING her final year of study at Echuca College, student Mackayla Griffiths said she couldn’t have done it without a little help along the way.
The graduate was presented with a certificate of achievement from MADEC Indigenous Youth Leaders Program co-ordinator Peter Allan on Friday.The scholarship program is open to indigenous students in 26 schools across Victoria, with multiple scholarships awarded each year.
Throughout her studies, Mackayla was a successful applicant to the Indigenous Youth Leaders scholarship program which she said helped take the financial stress out of going to school.
‘‘The scholarship has supported me through the past two years of study, the money helped me with things such as buying textbooks and supporting me for other school events,’’ she said.
‘‘I went on a study tour to China this year as part of a group of 30 and we saw the Great Wall, Tianmen Square — it was a bit of a culture shock but it was really educational.
‘‘I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the scholarship.’’
Mr Allan said the program was open to all indigenous secondary students who were maintaining good grades and a good attendance record.
‘‘The scholarship makes it easier for parents or guardians to send children to school and assists with things such as textbooks, equipment and school activities,’’ he said.
Next year, Mackayla is hoping to undertake a traineeship at Bendigo Health.