Young Australia League scholarships helps ease pressure on John Curtin College of the Arts students


Abby Hennighan and Julianna Thomas. Picture: Jessica Nico
Abby Hennighan and Julianna Thomas. Picture: Jessica Nico

IT can be tough starting high school, even tougher when it involves having to move more than 400km away from family.

For John Curtin College of the Arts students Abby Hennighan and Julianna Thomas, who both hail from Geraldton, the move south was made easier after receiving a Young Australia League (YAL) scholarship.

Abby, who dreams of being a sports reporter and is in John Curtin’s media arts program, said the scholarship had greatly helped her family in being able to afford her board in Perth while Julianna, who is in the talented and gifted program for musical theatre, said the scholarship had reduced a lot of stress her family would otherwise have had to endure.

“The scholarship has reduced the financial stress that has been on my family when I relocated to Perth,” she said.

“I was so excited when I was accepted into John Curtin but knowing that I would have to live apart from my family increased the stress of going to high school even more.

“The YAL scholarship has reduced this stress a lot and I am very grateful.”

The YAL scholarships are open to those aged 12-25 in high school or tertiary education, providing three years of financial aid for to help ease the hardships of social circumstances, disability or distance.

Applications for scholarships end on September 15.

Visit www.yal.org.au for more information.

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