EVERY year, the Boggabri Lions Club offers funds to help one local high school graduate pack up and hit the highway to university.
It's an initiative that's been running for more than 20 years, and while they haven't found an eligible recipient every year, plenty of local students have benefited from the program.
"There isn't that many people that finish Year 12 and go to university every year," Boggabri Lions Club's Ron Boxsell said.
Mr Boxsell launched the program after his own daughter went to university, and having had no previous connection to that world he was "astounded at the cost of textbooks at that time".
He said the high cost of books was the main reason the Lions Club wanted to help, with all money raised locally through cooking barbecues at Maules Creek mine and Boggabri coal.
"Their coal money is helping our students," he said.
"The money is only for local students in the Boggabri area.
"Last year we had no interest and the last couple of years we haven't had much interest but we usually have 2 or 3 students put in an application."
Application forms are available at the Boggabri Newsagency and will be accepted until close of business on Friday, January 22, 2021.
For further information contact Lion Ron Boxsell on 0427 434 487