CONTINUING on to higher education can be a daunting prospect for students.
With the promise of multiple years of dedicated study and a HECS debt as a reward, it comes as no surprise that many potential young scholars may be discouraged.
To help fight these obstacles and encourage young people to reach their full potential, the South Arm RSL recently funded a $2000 scholarship for candidates entering their first year of a university course, apprenticeship or traineeship.
South Arm RSL treasurer Ron Clegg said the club decided to fund the scholarship in memory of Luke Young, who tragically died in a car accident alongside his mother in 2009.
“Luke was a member of the club and an excellent young golfer – we wanted to keep his memory alive,” he said.
“The scholarship is targeted to encourage young adults to go on to further education.
“We want them to reach their full potential and hopefully this scholarship can help with that.
“We had a disappointing turnout last year with no applications, so we’re hoping interest will build in coming years.”
First introduced in 2014, the South Arm RSL scholarship only requires that the applicant have immediate family who have been a member of the club for at least 12 months.
This year’s winner was local Sandford resident Sarah Bomford – a first-year environmental design student at the University of Tasmania, majoring in architecture.
Miss Bomford is a fifth-generation South Arm RSL member, with her great-grandfather boasting a life membership.
She said she saw the scholarship mentioned in the South Arm Peninsula Resident Association (SAPRA) newsletter and thought it sounded like a great opportunity.
“UTAS scholarships are generally hard to get and there is a lot of competition,” Miss Bomford said.
“This scholarship seemed very worthwhile and I think it is a great encouragement for people to continue with higher education.”
As part of her studies, Miss Bomford was recently required to relocate to Launceston.
She said the scholarship was a big relief and took a lot of pressure off getting set up in her new accommodation.
“My parents have been very supportive with helping me get set up, but it was really good to receive some additional help,” she said.
“I’m really enjoying my course and it’s very rewarding, but it’s a lot of hard work.
“The scholarship means I don’t have to worry about finding part-time work to pay for accommodation, which gives me more time to focus on my studies.”
Miss Bomford is currently in the first year of a three-year Bachelor degree in environmental design.
She is also planning to complete an additional two-year Masters degree before entering the architecture industry.
For more information about the South Arm RSL scholarship, contact Ron Clegg on 0408 356 915.