Four former Wyong Shire residents have received Foundation Encouragement Awards during the Hunter TAFE Foundation’s Central Coast Awards and Scholarship presentation, held at TAFE NSW’s Kurri Kurri Campus on June 12.
Marking its 20th year of operations, the Hunter TAFE Foundation awarded 23 students from across the Hunter and Central Coast regions more than $17,000 in awards and scholarships.
All Encouragement Award awardees are currently completing their studies at either TAFE NSW’s Wyong or Ourimbah Campuses and include San Remo’s Amina Bi, Hamlyn Terrace’s Isobel Heffernan, The Entrance North’s Ashlee Vernon and Watanobbi’s, Jye Fawaz.
The Encouragement Awards are valued at $500 each.
Niagara Park’s, Michelle Schlig, who is completing her studies at the Ourimbah Campus, was also an awardee, and received a Study Assistance Scholarship, also valued at $500.
“Over the past 20 years, the Hunter TAFE Foundation, through the generosity of our donor partners, has contributed significant financial assistance to local students to assist them with their TAFE NSW studies,” said Foundation President, Gary Webb.
“We have made the vocational pathway easier for hundreds of people with all manner of occupations in their sight.
“Many are now key participants in our local workforce, contributing great value to our local economy.
“On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank our donors who have generously contributed over the years and have enabled the Foundation to support hundreds of well-deserving Central Coast and Hunter students.
“Together we are making a tremendously valuable contribution to the lives of many who strive towards career success,” he said.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Susie George, said the 2019 presentation was a particularly poignant occasion.
“It is wonderful to hear about what a difference the awards and scholarships will make to these students.
“Being able to access and continue with high quality education and training is a key factor in students securing a solid job and becoming an effective member of today’s and tomorrow’s workforce,” she said.
Media release, Jun 12
Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW