Life-changing scholarships

Maynadi Khaled, Holly Carr, Charlotte Gauci and Aaliyah Berry. (Provided)

Four students from the west have been awarded life-changing Harding Miller Education Foundation scholarships.

The Harding Miller Education Foundation provides high-achieving young Australian women experiencing hardship with tools, resources, and support to help them reach their full potential and build pathways to tertiary education and fulfilling careers.

The scholarships are awarded to students in Year 9, and at the end of Year 10 the recipients are invited to reapply for another two years of support.

The most recent recipients are Aaliyah Berry and Charlotte Gauci from Kurunjang Secondary College, Melton Secondary College’s Holly Carr and Werribee Secondary College’s Maynadi Khaled.

Each scholarship recipient receives a new laptop, high-speed internet, face-to-face and online tutoring, online homework assistance, prepaid expense cards to cover school essentials such as textbooks and excursions, as well as study skills resources and a personal coach to guide them over the four years of the scholarship.

The four years of scholarship support is valued at more than $20,000.

Charlotte Gauci said she feels very proud and privileged to receive the scholarship.

“I currently live with my mum and two siblings in Kurunjang. My mum does her best to provide me with everything I need but being a single mum of three, financial difficulties do exist,“ she said.

“‘… this scholarship will allow me to have access to resources that will assist me in achieving my goals, reach my full potential and ease the financial burden on my family.“

Harding Miller Education Foundation chief operations officer Caroline Hill said the Foundation is proud to be providing vital support to help promising young girls reach their full potential.

Applications 2025 will open from July 15 to September 18, 2024.