Former McAuley Catholic College student Karena Purcell has won an $11,000 scholarship to study at Brisbane?s Martin College.
Former McAuley Catholic College student Karena Purcell has won an $11,000 scholarship to study at Brisbane?s Martin College.

Big bucks for Valley uni student

BY ADRIAN MILLER

FORMER Yamba resident and McAuley Catholic College student Karena Purcell wasn't expecting to find herself studying in Brisbane this year.

But that changed when she was told she had won an $11,300 scholarship to Martin College in Brisbane.

Karena was one of three NSW students to win a yearlong diploma scholarship at the end of last year. The scholarship allows her to study and work part-time at Martin College, and gives her the option to go onto further study or into the workforce at the end of the year.

Karena said she was shocked when she found out she had been awarded the scholarship.

"I was very surprised because I didn't even know they were giving away a full scholarship," she said.

"I thought they were only giving away half ones, so it came as a big shock."

Karena, who is completing an advanced diploma of business management, said the course would allow her to slot straight into the workforce and university.

"I don't plan to do any further study, but even if I did, the course gives me credit for QUT, so I could go straight into business there if I wanted to," she said.

Karena said she was enjoying Brisbane so far, even though it was the first time she had lived away from Yamba.

"It's obviously much busier up here, and it's a lot different than down there," she said.

"It's completely new, and I'm coping better than expected. But mum is lonely because all the kids are gone now."



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