ETHIOPIAN-BORN Lidya Hagos was given financial support that “fuelled her fire” and led to her acceptance into university.
The Balga resident is one of 162 Learning for Life students in WA whose graduation was celebrated by The Smith Family at Edith Cowan University earlier this month.
The Learning for Life program aims to provide emotional, practical and financial support to help disadvantaged children and young people with their education.
Ms Hagos (18) was born in Ethiopia and moved to Australia in May 2009.
She has been part of the Learning for Life scholarship program since 2010, until she graduated from Mercy College at the end of last year.
The funds were used to pay for schoolbooks, stationery and uniforms.
“Someone out there believes in my aspirations to put money towards my future,” she said in her speech.
“(This) added fuel to my fire to try my best in my WA Certificate of Education exams.”
Ms Hagos will study anatomy and human biology at UWA this year, which she hoped would help her eventually get into medicine.