Central Coast Scholars Week

Freemasons lend helping hand to students

Ten new scholarships are making the world of difference to students in need on the Central Coast thanks to the Freemasons.

The Freemasons have provided 10 textbook scholarships worth $500 each for local students who are struggling with difficult circumstances.

Students enrolled in subjects unique to the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus such as marine science, exercise and sports science, oral health, podiatry and food science are able to apply.

President of the Freemasons on the Central Coast, Gary Young, said they wanted to help the students, especially those who are academically sound yet find themselves in circumstances that make study quite a struggle.

“We are keen to help the community so these scholarships will make a long term difference to our local community, especially if we keep them going for three or five years.”

This year 1,500 scholarships worth $5 million were awarded to University of Newcastle students. Among these were 200 funded by donations. A range of scholarships and prizes recognised academic excellence, sporting talent, artistic and musical abilities.

In 2011 the Freemasons also funded the purchase of a sterilizer unit for the Oral Health Van that is currently providing outreach oral health services to health care card holders along the Coast free of charge, while assisting in the training of third year oral health students.

First year oral health student Fiona Moss, who won one of the scholarships, reflected on the impact the scholarship has had on her life.

“The scholarship is a relief and makes juggling family with study a lot easier. I can buy the textbooks I need now which I couldn’t have afforded otherwise,” she said.

Anyone wishing to establish or contribute to a scholarship for Central Coast students can contact the University of Newcastle Foundation on 02 4921 7453 or visit the Foundation website.

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