Scholarships Help CIT Students Reach Their Goals

Published: 17 Dec 2014

Mick Young ScholarshipsFive CIT students were today awarded scholarships under the Mick Young Scholarship Fund to enable them to continue studying towards a qualification and help them achieve their goals.

For recipients Alissah Breton, John Brookes, Rachel Preston, Keith Brandy and Adam Price, the journey to success has not always been easy, with each experiencing significant hurdles along the way.

For Rachel, being a single parent on a pension meant her dream of becoming a qualified beautician looked like pie-in-the-sky. Her scholarship will enable her to continue studying the Diploma of Beauty Therapy at CIT.

"I've finally built up enough confidence in myself to do what I want to do and I love it! My goal now is to one day own my own business," Rachel says.

Alissah's dream to work in child care was put on hold due to parenting responsibilities. She has recently started studying and working casually after many of years of being a full-time mum.

"I believe high quality centres are very important for children and would like to be able to contribute to children's education and care. I hope to gain full-time employment in the child care sector and continue studying on to the diploma," she says.

John says completing a Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health) will enable him to help others in an area of community services he feels passionate about.

"For me, the Mick Young scholarship has opened up the opportunity to take my study to the next level with a diploma course in this important area," John says.

"I'm looking forward to successfully completing my studies and using my learning to help others in need in the future."

A health scare made Keith even more determined to reach his own fitness goals and inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle. He studies the Certificate III in Fitness.

"I have always had a very keen interest in fitness and continue to work out every day.

"Being a proud Aboriginal man and fitness enthusiast, I would like to help get Indigenous people and other target groups interested in their health and fitness, including mature aged men. I would also like to speak on the national stage about health, nutrition and looking after your body as we get older," he says.

It took Adam a few attempts to find something he loved doing, but has found his niche in landscaping.

"I have tried numerous career paths over my working life, and found my current employment as a labourer rewarding and fulfilling. Further training and qualifications would help me achieve my career goal of becoming a qualified landscaper and gain the skills and ability to take on a leadership role," he says.

Mick Young scholarships honour the memory of Mick Young, a shearer and federal cabinet minister who raised funds to help students complete their education. They are managed by TAFE Directors Australia and administered through individual participating institutions. Scholarships are awarded to students in financial hardship who are committed to succeeding in a TAFE qualification. Since its establishment in 1997, a total of $1.7 million has been awarded through the scholarship scheme to around 3,000 students.

Image: Shane Kay with recipients Adam Price, Rachel Preston and Keith Brandy.

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