Students ranging in age from 5 to 78 were among the latest group to receive scholarships from Pacific Link Housing at a recent awards ceremony.
More than 70 tenants – many of who find it difficult to fund their studies on marginal incomes – have now received education scholarships from Pacific Link, which has been recognised as having the best tenant support programs in Australia and New Zealand.
“These are stand-out students of all ages pursuing a remarkably diverse range of studies including web-design, accounting, community welfare, psychology and geothermal engineering,” said Pacific Link Chairman, David Bacon.
“Now in Year 1 the youngest recipient, Nathan, may well have the biggest future of all … a future we’re assisting through the early provision of a laptop for his studies. In this day an age even the youngest primary students need laptops and connectivity to be part of the digital learning age.
“Our most senior recipient may have reached the age of 78, but Warren’s still pursuing his own lifetime of study by learning Mandarin,” he said.
Pacific Link Housing’s scholarships are made to honour the organisation’s founder, Shiela Astolfi, under whose direction Pacific Link began to manage housing almost 30 years ago.
“Most people in community housing are there through no fault of their own,” said David Bacon, “and with the right help and assistance many go on to enjoy successful lives."
IMAGE: Pacific Link Housing scholars aged 5 to 78 have received scholarships from Pacific Link Chairman, David Bacon (centre left) and board members Wal Edgell and Kim McLoughry (right back and front).