It was a hectic end of the year for Chantelle Sanki from Forster, in NSW's Great Lakes region.
As one of the many students to graduate from Great Lakes College's Senior Campus, she has received her HSC results, her university entrance score and a scholarship to boot. And she's not the only one.
Chantelle is one of eight other students in the region to be awarded a Country Education Foundation scholarship, thanks to funding from our Foundation.
Young people in the country face more barriers to education than their metropolitan counterparts. Often the costs associated with further education prohibit kids in the country from reaching their potential.
"This assistance is very important as it makes starting tertiary studies a little easier. The scholarship allowed me to purchase a laptop and without this support, I would have had to go through university without one," said Chantelle, who loves maths and biology and has chosen a career in Secondary Mathematics Teaching.
Chantelle says her year 11 and 12 maths teacher inspired her career choice, by showing her, and other kids who were struggling with maths, how to enjoy problem-solving and learning. "My own experience tells me that having a good teacher really makes a difference and I hope that I can be a good teacher so students enjoy school and invest in their future," she said.
We're proud to partner with the Country Education Foundation so that more young people like Chantelle can use education to become the best that they can be.