Murrumbidgee Council Mayor, Ruth McRae, today announced applications are open for the 2023 Murrumbidgee Council Foundation Scholarship at Charles Sturt University.
Mayor McRae said assisting local students to obtain a degree at Charles Sturt University was an extremely important aspect in the development and growth of the local community.
“Support, such as this scholarship, is more important than ever with the high cost of living and the strain this places on households,” she said.
The 2022 recipient, Aisha Tomkinson, said the scholarship has meant she could focus more wholly on her occupational therapy studies.
When Aisha completes her degree, she plans to return home to Darlington Point and work.
“Small towns are seeking much-needed help from allied health workers. I hope to alleviate the shortage of occupational therapists and assist in reducing long wait times,” she said.
In wishing her all the best for her studies, Mayor McRae said Aisha’s plans to return to the area as a graduate, demonstrate just how important the scholarship is.
“It’s importance lies, not only in giving people a leg-up while at university, but also in creating a supportive environment where our young graduates feel valued and recognise they can truly make a difference to our special part of the world,” she said.
The scholarship is valued at $4,000. It is available to both commencing and continuing students who are studying full-time at a Charles Sturt University campus or online. Applicants must reside within the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area.
Applications close at 9 am on 3 February 2023.