Giving students a lift off

By Tara Whitsed

The Community Fund Goulburn Valley’s Lift Off education and medical scholarships will open to the public on Monday after four successful years of supporting local students with their higher education.

The Community Fund GV chief executive Andrea McNab said they were excited to once again be able to provide students, who needed a helping hand, the opportunity to continue into advanced education.

‘‘Many of the students we have supported are keen to pursue study towards a career, and genuinely need funds to assist them to achieve this,’’ she said.

‘‘Whether it’s books, travel costs and so many other study needs ... the scholarships help to make the difference between someone studying and fulfilling their dream, or not.’’

To date, the education scholarships program has offered more than 55 local students the opportunity to achieve their educational aspirations with more than $220 000 raised by the community for scholarships.

Ms McNab said the generous contributions were made by many local businesses and individuals as well as through events such as the annual dinner.

She encouraged the community to head along to the scholarships celebration dinner  on Tuesday, October 2.

‘‘Community support is crucial to the success of the scholarship program it is reliant on raising the funds to help local students,’’ Ms McNab said.

The event will be held at The Woolshed at Emerald Bank with guest speaker and presenter Michael McQueen who has generously donated his speaker’s fee towards the evening.

‘‘This is an opportunity for the community to attend, hear from our guest speaker and some of the scholarship recipients, all while raising funds for next year’s scholarships,’’ Ms McNab said.

‘‘We urge everyone to come along and invest in the future of our region’s young people.’’

The dinner will be held at The Woolshed at Emerald Bank on Tuesday, October 2. To support the scholarships or to attend the dinner, phone Andrea or Leiticia at The Community Fund on 5832 8223 or visit