Indigenous students win bursary to help with uni costs
Four Indigenous students from the Central Coast will get help to pay for text books and study resources thanks to a grant scheme supported by a local reconciliation council.
Single mum Krystal Ronning from Gorokan is one of the recipients of the four $500 scholarships that will be offered for the first time this year by the Central Coast Reconciliation Group.
The first-year nursing student, who works as an enrolled nurse at Wyong Hospital said the money would help her reach her goal of improving the health of the disadvantaged, both here and overseas.
"After I finish university I want to work in isolated areas and help improve health services for Indigenous people," the 27-year-old said.
"I am very interested in the health of mothers and children, which is why I want to focus on midwifery.
"The grant will help me buy texts books and a uniform for lab classes."
"I am the first to go to university in my family. The grant is a great idea as it brings home the importance of education, and the amount of support there is out there for Indigenous kids."
Christopher George from the Gibalee Centre, which is part of the Wollotuka Institute that helps support Indigenous students who study at the University of Newcastle Central Coast campus, said Ms Ronning stood out to the judges as there were few Indigenous midwives working in the health system.
"The four grant recipients were chosen based not only on their application where they had to explain what they would do with the $500, but on their academic merit as well," he said.
The three other grants will be awarded to marine biology student Elle Gardner from Blue Haven, primary and art education student Paige Brandy from The Entrance and Kurt Dimmock from Glenning Valley, who is undertaking a double degree in business and commerce.
What: Central Coast Reconciliation Group Grants presentation
Time: 10am, Wednesday 18 August
Where: Gibalee Centre, Central Coast campus library.
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