‘Dear Bank’ letter nets scholarship

Kate Archibald recently won a grant to help with her teaching-related costs during her fourth year of university. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d416694
Kate Archibald recently won a grant to help with her teaching-related costs during her fourth year of university. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d416694

The 21-year-old Edith Cowan University full-time student works part-time, while also volunteering for a number of organisations and events.

These include helping to coach basketball, caring for athletes at the Special Olympics Australia and tutoring for Teach Learn Grow.

‘With a 14-week unpaid work placement coming up, I was quite stressed about money and being able to work enough to support myself, so a huge worry has been lifted,’ Kate said.

Her grant application to the Teachers Mutual Bank was almost 50 pages long.

Kate’s passion for teaching came at an early age and grew stronger after working with disadvantaged children.

‘I did a prac’ in a low socio-economic area and just seeing what the children could achieve with encouragement and a positive attitude was amazing,’ she said.

‘I am passionate about literacy and believe books are a way for kids to use their imagination and escape. I want to foster a love of language and literacy in all of my students.’

The Future Teacher Scholarship has provided $175,000 since 2009.