Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wokalup's Erica Mueller has been awarded a Mrs Mac's Rural Scholarship to assist with the cost of moving away from home to study at Edith Cowan University (ECU).
Erica is one of ten ECU students who were presented with the scholarship at a ceremony held at the Joondalup Campus earlier this week. Daisy Smith, Stevie Marwick, Megan Hall, Sarah Isbill, Kirsten Foster, Renae Coles, Lynda Enright and Caitlyn France also received the scholarship.
The scholarship program was established by Mrs Mac's in 2004 to assist ECU students from rural Western Australia who are required to live away from home to complete their studies. Valued at $1,000 per academic year, the scholarships assist with the expenses associated with relocating, as well as study materials and textbooks.
Erica moved from Wokalup to Perth to study a Bachelor of Tourism Management at ECU in 2006. Erica says that juggling work, study, bills and living independently for the first time has been a challenge, but receiving the scholarship has made a big difference. "It can be hard to make ends meet when you're studying and working part-time to support yourself," she said. "The scholarship will help cover the cost of textbooks, and I can now afford to travel home to see my family more often."
ECU Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer Mr Warren Snell presented certificates to each scholarship recipient, congratulating them on pursuing tertiary studies despite the hardships associated with living away from home. "The decision to move away from family and friends can be a daunting one," he said. "ECU has a number of initiatives in place to support and assist students who relocate to study." ECU offers a diverse range of scholarships to current and prospective students.
For more information, contact the ECU Scholarship Office on 6304 3636.
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