Stacey Beech wins scholarship
AFTER having spent her first semester living away from home, Stacey Beech gladly accepted a $1500 cheque yesterday.
Stacey is the 2010 recipient of the Frank Glasson Memorial Scholarship, which is presented to a young person from the Grafton area who is completing tertiary studies.
The scholarship has a total value of $2500 and Stacey will receive the final $1000 at the beginning of next semester.
Stacey has always shown academic aptitude and received an ATAR of 95.20 last year after completing her Higher School Certificate at South Grafton High School.
Now, she is studying a bachelor of Health Science at the University of Queensland and hopes to eventually complete her masters in nutrition and practice as a dietician.
Upon receiving the money, Stacey said she could not be happier.
“This is the first time I have ever lived out of home so there is a lot of financial pressure with the cost of living, tuition and supplies for my uni course,” Stacey said.
“This scholarship means a lot to me and will help me be more independent.
“I really don’t want to have to ask my mum for money.”
Stacey said she would put the money mainly toward textbooks and study supplies.
“I had to purchase eight textbooks that retail for about $200 each, and because this is only the second year that my course has operated, finding second-hand textbooks and equipment has been impossible.”
Stacey has been involved in Rotary events over the years.
“In 2009 I attended the Rotary Youth Transitional Seminar and was a finalist in the Rotary National Youth Science Forum,” she said.
“In 2007 and 2008 I was also involved in the Lions Youth of the Year, where I was a regional finalist,” she said.
This scholarship means a lot to me and will help me be more independent