Val Thompson presents a $1000 cheque to last year’s winner of the Laurel Tompkins Award, Katie Cadogan
Val Thompson presents a $1000 cheque to last year’s winner of the Laurel Tompkins Award, Katie Cadogan

Laurel's legacy helps students

LOWER Clarence Valley students heading off to university this year have the opportunity to get a head start by applying for the annual Country Women’s Association (CWA) award.

The $1000 award was established in memory of one of the Maclean CWA’s most active members Laurel Tompkins, who died in 2006.

Secretary of the Maclean CWA branch, Esther Gregory, said the award was designed to assist with the payment of accommodation costs or study requirements for students leaving the area.

“It can be a big expense for country children to move to the city where rentals are so high and they can be put at a major disadvantage,” she said.

“A thousand dollars goes a good way to helping and I encourage anyone who fits the criteria to apply.”

Katie Cadogan was last year’s winner of the award and said the money went a long way in helping with the hefty costs of textbooks.

Application forms and information sheets are available to applicants from Lower Clarence Valley libraries and the Coastal Views office in Yamba.

Applications close on January 31.



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