Young Australian League scholarship to ease the burden for Girrawheen teen


Young Australian League Scholarship recipient Hannah Truong. Picture: Matt Jelonek d481044
Young Australian League Scholarship recipient Hannah Truong. Picture: Matt Jelonek d481044

AS the daughter of Vietnamese migrant parents who work 13 hours a day to support their family, Hannah Truong knows the value of working hard.

When her father lost his job last year, Hannah took on the responsibility of helping her family financially by working part time while also going to school.

The Year 12 Girrawheen Secondary College student said the stress of working and studying was lifted when she received a City of Wanneroo Upper Secondary Scholarship.

“The Young Australian League (YAL) scholarship has allowed me the financial assistance I needed to be able to focus more on school rather than work 20 hours a week to support my family,” she said.

“It allows me to not stress about important school events that need to be paid for, for example; the school ball; graduation ceremony; school trips, YAL provides the assistance which I’m entirely grateful for.”

The 16-year-old from Marangaroo said the scholarship released the stress on her family to pay for her tuition for university and help with other financial assistance needed.

“My mother works from 4am-5pm and my father has a new job which he works from 9:30am until 10:30pm to provide for my elder sister and I but this scholarship allows both my parents to not stress about the bills as much as they use to,” she said.

“This scholarship has been a blessing because I know my parents work hard for my sister and I to get by and being able to relieve some of that stress comforts me.”

Admitting that her “journey” once she finished school was still a “mystery”, Hannah said her focus was to get into university.

“I’m still indecisive of what I want to study and become, but a brief goal would be that I want to attend either the UWA or Curtin University and undertake a Bachelor in Commerce,” she said.

Through the scholarship, available to City of Wanneroo residents only, Hannah receives $3000 each year over three years from years 10-12 to help with study.

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