Scholarships support local students on path to success

Albany Scholarship

Thirty-three students at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus were awarded scholarships to help fund their studies in Semester 1.

Supported by their family and friends, the students gathered at a presentation ceremony on 12 March with representatives from sponsors Western Power, the Jack Family Charitable Trust and Southern Aboriginal Corporation.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Sue Lapham addressed the gathering, paying tribute to the sponsors for their generosity.

Ms Lapham also congratulated the students as well as their supporters, who help them through their studies.

“Through their support of our students, the sponsors have shown their commitment to rewarding educational effort,” she said.

“Many of the students are managing their study alongside full and part-time work, family and other personal commitments, and these scholarships provide encouragement as well as helping to remove the financial barriers to success,” Ms Lapham said.

The Jack Family Charitable Trust committed to distributing 20 scholarships of $500 each from a trust set up by the late Mrs Muriel Freeman to fund worthwhile causes in the fields of education, health, youth, the arts and community services.

Western Power has paid the entire tuition and resource fees for students of the Certificate I in Electrotechnology, and Southern Aboriginal Corporation presented seven students with $500 each.

Winding up proceedings, Ms Lapham addressed the recipients, wishing them well in their chosen career paths.

“As you embark on the next stage of your journey, we trust our continued encouragement and the assistance provided by the scholarship sponsors will help you to make a positive contribution to our community through your chosen career paths,” Ms Lapham said.

Photos: South Regional TAFE students at the Albany campus celebrate their scholarships, which will help to fund their studies in Semester 1.

Pic 1.  Jack Family Charitable Trust and Southern Aboriginal Corporation scholarship recipients in Albany.

Pic 2. Albany Western Power scholarship recipient and their lecturer. 


Bunbury Western Power Scholarships

A group of electrotechnology students at the Bunbury Campus were awarded Western Power scholarships to help them get started in the electrical industry.

The nine electrotechnology pre-apprenticeship students were addressed by South Regional TAFE Managing Director Sue Lapham and Western Power’s Team Leader David McMillan at a recent ceremony.

Ms Lapham congratulated the students on their scholarships and their enrolment into the course, and acknowledged the substantial commitment of Western Power.

“South Regional TAFE appreciates this generosity and is pleased to work with Western Power,” Ms Lapham said.

“The valuable financial help provided by Western Power encourages students to enter the trade and work towards an exciting job in the electrical industry.”

Student David Byleveld said he hoped the scholarship would assist him to get on the pathway to stable employment in an industry with plenty of work. David is hoping to specialise in high voltage work.

“I’m enjoying the course, especially the time we are spending in the workshop,” Mr Byleveld said.

“We spent the whole day in the workshop yesterday and the day just flew by.”

Recipient Luke Slattery said the scholarship given him the opportunity to get his foot in the door.

“I think all the students here today appreciate the financial support as it means you can concentrate on your studies – it’s fantastic,” Mr Slattery said.

Denmark music scholarship

Music student Triska Lehane was thrilled to receive a $500 scholarship to help fund her course at the Denmark campus recently.

The college’s Training Director Kathy Keay presented Ms Lehane with her scholarship certificate at a ceremony at the campus.

Mrs Keay told the gathering the Denmark Music Foundation donated the funds to the college in 2009, before it wound up operations.

“In a move to nurture up-and-coming talent, the organisation left funds for music scholarships for students at the Denmark campus,” she said.

“By committing funds to the development of music in the town, the foundation proved its dedication to the local music industry,” she added.

“This gesture also helped to promote music education while encouraging the talent and dedication of our budding musicians to pursue careers in the art.”

Congratulating Ms Lehane on her scholarship, Mrs Keay also paid tribute to Denmark campus Music Lecturers Tony King and Chris Edmondson, who impart their professionalism into their classes and share their experience and music prowess with their students.

Ms Lehane said taking part in the music program had changed her life.

“It has given me a real purpose and a connection to the community,” she said.

“It means so much being able to take part in this amazing program, and the scholarship has lifted a financial burden – I’m so grateful to the Denmark Music Foundation.”

Ms Lehane, a bass guitarist, said her confidence had grown as she had performed live with local bands and she had recently travelled to Busselton and Bunbury for gigs.

She is studying the Certificate IV in Music Industry this year and looking forward to honing her music-making skills with further study.

Pic: Denmark music student and bass guitarist Triska Lehane received a Denmark Music Foundation scholarship from South Regional TAFE Training Director Kathy Keay.