Local students still have time to apply for a helping hand in tertiary studies next year.
The closing date for applications for the Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund have been extended until Thursday, December 19, and a little time spent on an application could ease financial strain.
Last year, 24 young people were given a headstart through the scholarship fund in tertiary courses from Bachelor of Paramedicine through to Bachelor of Agriculture.
More than $300,000 has helped out about 350 students during the 15 years since the scholarship began.
Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund working group chair Gae Swain said the fund was one way to make the transition to tertiary education a little easier.
"Many young people have to move away to pursue their dreams of a career that requires a tertiary education," Cr Swain said.
"There are all sorts of costs involved including the purchase of essential study materials and equipment, accommodation and fees."
The Gunnedah Community Scholarship is made possible through the sponsorship of local businesses.
The sponsorship is open to students under 25 who have completed their secondary or tertiary preparation studies within a 100km radius of Gunnedah and whose family's principle place of residence is within Gunnedah shire. They must have been accepted into an approved tertiary course (minimum Certificate IV).
Applications close on Thursday, December 19, 2019.