Past Scholarship recipient Georgia Martin makes great progress
It was lovely to catch up with past scholarship recipient Ms Georgia Martin from Millgrove this week. Georgia has been supported by the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank branches Scholarship program for the first two years of her degree in Psychology at Deakin University in Burwood. If you recall, Georgia needed support to relocate close to university as the commute for her from the valley to uni every day was lengthy and prohibitive – a common story for young people in the valley.
Georgia also needed support with the purchase of text books, internet expenses and other associated learning costs, so our scholarship funding made her studies possible and allowed her to focus on her degree instead of worrying about surviving. Georgia told us how beneficial it was to be able to say ‘I can do that’ instead of ‘How can I possibly afford that?’
Georgia has particularly enjoyed her studies in neuroscience this year and has found the brain fascinating. ‘Its been a great degree for me’, she says, ‘and one that has shown me I am capable of committing myself to anything.’ She has also enjoyed the valuable lessons around balance in life and managing stress. ‘Keeping happy and healthy is so important and I’ve found that everything I have learnt has also been invaluable from the perspective of personal life skills as well.’
We are so proud of Georgia and all the young people who pursue further education. Georgia is keen to explore social work once she finishes her degree at the end of this year, and she wants to return to the Warburton Valley to help other young people.
We are confident she will truly shine at whatever she chooses to do and wish her a wonderful year ahead.
We will be announcing our Scholarship Awards for 2016 very soon!