School leavers are encouraged to keep September marked on their calendar when the Country Education Foundation of Gunnedah's (CEF) 2020 round of scholarships opens.
In 2019, nine Gunnedah students received a scholarship from the foundation to help them with their new life at university and away from home, and some gave their thoughts on receiving the help.
Brianna Hagan is studying secondary teaching at the University of Newcastle, and is doing a major in physical education and a minor in biology.
The former Gunnedah High School student told the NVI she was using her scholarship funding for accommodation and textbooks, and that she appreciated the help.
"It's always nice to know that you do have the community behind you when venturing away from home," she said.
"I recommend that all senior students looking to move away for uni or stay at home for distance education to apply because it's well worth it."
Maria Ortiz also decided to use her scholarship money for accommodation at the University of Wollongong, as well as textbooks for her degree. The former St Mary's College Gunnedah student is studying a double degree of journalism and media and communications.
"I heard of [the scholarship] from a friend of mine and I thought it's a great opportunity because it wasn't really advertised ... and I thought it was a great way to give me some connections," Maria said.
"I'm hoping to be a foreign correspondent. I'm taking Spanish to see if I can get a job in Spain but I'm not set on anything yet, I just want to see where the degree where takes me."
Other scholarship recipients included:
- Clayton Small
- Laura Watterson
- Emmerson Tull
- Georgia Anderson
- Jess Moore
- Thomas Rankmore
- Cait Woods
For more information about the scholarship visit the CEF website. Scholarship applications for 2020 will open in September through this website.