Schol­ar­ship helps study suc­cess

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

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.

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