Thursday, 17 September 2009
Kalgoorlie local Hayley Mincham is one of 10 ECU students to recently be awarded the Mrs Mac’s Rural Scholarship to assist with the costs of moving away from home to study.
Hayley is a first year student who relocated to Perth to study the Bachelor of Communications, which includes advertising, broadcasting, creative services, journalism, media studies, public relations and scriptwriting.
For Hayley, moving to the city was a new challenge trying to become familiar with her new surroundings and learning how to get from one place to another.
Although Hayley took a year off before her studies to save money for the big move, the scholarship has assisted her with some of the costs associated with living away from her family home.
“The scholarship has really helped me for this semester as I have put it towards my rent, meaning one less thing I had to allow for in my expenses,” she said.
Hayley lives on-campus at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus and says that it’s really helped her to adapt to city life.
“I’m living with people who are doing the same course and it’s great being so close to the university,” she said.
When she has completed her course, Hayley hopes to find work in Perth or possibly travel.
Mrs Mac’s established the rural scholarship in 2004 to help ECU students from regional Australia who are required to move away from home for their studies.
The scholarship is valued at $1,000 to aid with the expenses associated with relocating, as well as study costs including fees, text books and study materials.
Mr Richard Howell, Director of Mrs Mac’s, presented students with their scholarships at a ceremony held on Monday, 14 September at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.
ECU offers a range of scholarships to a wide range of students including high academic achievers, Indigenous Australians, students from low income backgrounds or from rural or regional areas and students with disabilities.
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