EVERY year the team at Soldiers Point Marina generously come to the party with scholarships for students which are awarded through the Real Futures Foundation.
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The scholarships are designed to make the financial costs of pursuing further education just a little bit easier.
For the students it is heartening to find that business and the community are behind them in their efforts to succeed.
Samantha Newell was awarded a new laptop she is currently in year 12 at Irrawang High School is going on to study a Bachelor of Sport Science at Newcastle University Ourimbah Campus.
Amy Dimins from Irrawang High School will be pursuing a career in nursing, she has already completed an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) traineeship at the Mater Hospital her scholarship will be put towards uniforms and textbooks.
Olivia Bisley of Irrawang High School will be moving on to undertake a Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Dance double degree, the scholarship will be invaluable in assisting with the cost of course fees and textbooks.
Irrawang High School’s Christina D’Arcy is going to study a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at Port Macquarie University and the Police Academy in Goulburn. Her scholarship will also go towards course fees.
Tomaree High Schools Georgia Osborne-Zorbas is in year 11 studying a retail diploma at Newcastle TAFE, her scholarship will go towards comfortable safety footwear.
Darrell Barnett Manager of Soldiers Point Marina told News Of The Area, “It was a real pleasure to see the applications submitted for the Real Futures Foundation Soldiers Point Marina Scholarships this year.
“The scholarships were awarded to those who had a clear direction and a need.
“For example, one of our scholarships is going towards safe and comfortable work boots for a student that is currently working in a kitchen.
“Another was a laptop to assist with university studies.
“In total we awarded five scholarships to youth living in Port Stephens to assist them in their transition from school to employment.
“We look forward to following these students on their journey,” he said.
Applications generally open to students exiting school in November around March each year and are awarded on a merit-based system.
By Marian SAMPSON