Wednesday, 12 October 2011
For Geraldton local and Edith Cowan University (ECU) student Erin Kelly, the decision to move to Perth to study has been an emotional and sometimes tough journey.
Thanks to a scholarship from WA owned company Mrs Mac’s, Erin will receive $1,000 to help pay for the costs associated with moving away from home - everything from rent and books to much needed fuel for those weekend trips back home.
For Erin the scholarship provides invaluable support, and will help her achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.
“I appreciate this financial assistance so much. It helps support my passion and drive towards my career, which is a great gift to be given.”
Erin is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Education, and recently completed three weeks prac for her undergraduate degree, where she is majoring in English.
“At first the students were apprehensive of these new ‘praccies’ as they called us, but I stuck to my guns and worked away at my goals every day, being firm and gaining respect. By the third week I had built a strong relationship with my students, and was immensely proud when they handed me copies of their work to mark,” said Erin.
Thanks to Mrs Macs and ECU, Erin will get the support she needs to fulfil her dreams of being a teacher, without worrying about the financial burden.
“It is with the help of organisations and initiatives such as Mrs Macs that I am able to live and study away from home, and I would like to say how genuinely appreciative I am of this scholarship and the help it will give me.”
Mrs Macs is just one of a range of scholarships offered by ECU to support students from a number of different backgrounds. For more information visit http://www.ecu.edu.au/scholarships/overview.
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