Twenty-one students have been recognised for their determination and dedication to their studies at the Hunter TAFE Foundation Encouragement Awards.
The awards provide much-needed financial support to hardworking Hunter and Central Coast TAFE NSW students by assisting them to continue their educational development. Many of these students have overcome difficulties in their lives, from personal challenges to financial hardship.
More than $20,000 in awards and scholarships were presented at a special function held at TAFE NSW Kurri Kurri in categories including vocational area prizes through to Indigenous Encouragement Awards and Education Support Scholarships. The Hunter TAFE Foundation is unique to TAFE NSW and since its inception in 2000, has presented more than $1 million dollars in awards, scholarships, grants and prizes.
Director of the Hunter TAFE Foundation, John Fitzgerald, said that the support provided to students was made possible through donations made by generous individuals and organisations in the local community.
“For many of the recipients, these awards are a critical factor in them completing their studies and for many others the prize symbolises a challenge that has been overcome,” John said.
Students who received awards included people who are pursuing a career change, those who have overcome adversity and many who have shown great strength of will, determination and commitment to learning and gaining qualifications in their chosen career paths.
“The foundation provides an important piece of infrastructure for students who are studying with TAFE NSW in our area and is well supported by organisations and individuals who value the role of quality vocational education and training,” John said.
Carrington resident, Jed Davis received an Encouragement Award. He is studying a Certificate IV in Business at TAFE NSW Newcastle. He hopes to also complete a Certificate IV in Accounting.
Jed said the award will assist him in furthering his studies by allowing him to purchase valuable educational tools, such as a personal laptop.
“Completing my current studies will allow me to move on to a Certificate IV in Accounting that I hope will then move me towards my dream of owning a rural medical practice in the years to come,” Jed said.
Hunter TAFE Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working with Hunter business, education and community leaders. It is committed to supporting education and training by providing financial support to TAFE NSW students studying in the Hunter and Central Coast regions who are experiencing either personal or financial hardship.
IMAGE | Recipients of the Hunter TAFE Foundation Encouragement Awards.