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Joined by family members, friends and teachers, 290 young Victorians have celebrated at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Student Scholarship Program Ceremony in Melbourne on 3 September 2018.
Funded by the Victorian Government and administered by Kids Under Cover, the program supports students living in public or community housing, or those at risk of homelessness. Scholarships of $1,100 are awarded to year 11 and 12 students to cover the cost of things like textbooks, computer equipment, public transport, disability aids or other specialist equipment.
More importantly, the program also acknowledges students for their effort and attendance and supports them in building a solid foundation for their future.
Year 12 student Cassie addressed her peers talking about the difference receiving the scholarship last year has made to her life, and how continuing with her education has enabled her to take control of her future.
Danny Pearson MP also spoke at the ceremony. He recognised the commitment of the young people, their families and teachers, encouraging all scholarship recipients to concentrate on what is important – finishing your education and making the most of the opportunities presented to you.
Receiving a scholarship not only assists financially, but it also gives young people a sense of purpose, encouragement and a commitment to continue with their schooling, paving the way for a brighter future.
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