Bulahdelah Central School student Bianca Clarke awarded 2017 Harding Miller Scholarship

Scholarship Recipient Bianca Clarke with BCS Deputy Principal Mrs Deb Gilbert and Head Teacher Mr Warren Jones. Photo: BCS (left) Scholarship Presentation Ceremony: Bianca Clarke with her proud grandmother, Linda. Photo: BCS  (right)
Scholarship Recipient Bianca Clarke with BCS Deputy Principal Mrs Deb Gilbert and Head Teacher Mr Warren Jones. Photo: BCS (left)
Scholarship Presentation Ceremony: Bianca Clarke with her proud grandmother, Linda. Photo: BCS (right)

 

BIANCA Clarke’s dream of becoming the first person in her family to study at University is one step closer, after being awarded a 2017 Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship valued at up to $20,000.

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“To be selected for the scholarship amongst so many inspirational people is a great honour,” the Hawks Nest teen said.

“It gives me confidence that I can now successfully finish school and then go onto University.”

The scholarship program aims to boost the educational achievements and career aspirations of Year 9 girls with high potential who are facing challenging circumstances.

As part of the program, each of the recipients receive a laptop, Internet access, tutoring, a coach and assistance with covering the costs of school equipment.

“I am very grateful for the laptop because I can now do my homework and study at home rather than having to go to the library, and the tutoring is also really helpful,” Bianca said.

With an interest in sustainable living, Bianca plans to study a degree in permaculture after completing her school education.

Bulahdelah Central School (BCS) Welfare Head Teacher, Mr Warren Jones, who nominated Bianca for the scholarship, said the dedicated Year 9 student is a very worthy recipient.

“Bianca has a natural, kind nature and curiosity, she is respectful, considerate of others and also interested in many areas of education,” Mr Jones said.

A small delegation of family and BCS staff recently travelled to Sydney for the presentation ceremony.

“I was very pleased to see her up on stage at the historic Sydney Town Hall with the other scholarship recipients from public schools around the state,” Mr Jones told News Of The Area.

“The presentation evening itself was a fantastic display of the diversity and talent that lies within the public education system.”

Bianca said being selected for the scholarship has given her an opportunity which she may not have otherwise had.

“I encourage other students to make the most of every opportunity available to them, you never know what’s out there,” she said.

 

By Daniel SAHYOUN

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