Tenacious student gains $12,000 scholarship

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Tenacious student gains $12,000 scholarship


20 February 2012

20 February 2012

A Shalom College graduate who overcame some personal hardships to complete high school has been awarded a $12,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Shelby Daye, 17, gratefully received the Renouf Family Scholarship at USC’s Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 13 February.

The funding boost is a just reward for Shelby, who did very well at school despite losing her mother to cancer several years ago.

Shelby said the subsequent changes in her personal circumstances led to her changing schools each year for the final three years of her secondary education.

However, she showed great tenacity to complete high school with an impressive OP6 and she is looking forward to starting her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at USC today (Monday 20 February).

“I am so grateful to receive this scholarship,” Shelby said.

“I am not going to use it for everyday things because I have already saved money for textbooks and other expenses like that, but I am going to use it to pay off my HECS fees.”

Shelby said she made the most of her difficult circumstances by becoming absorbed in her study.

“I threw myself into my school work with the hope of achieving some good results,” she said.

“Because I have changed schools so many times, I have learnt that there is no need for shyness in new circumstances.”

Dr Noel Renouf presented the scholarship to Shelby, saying it was designed to reduce financial pressures on students and to reward academic achievements.

“The scholarship recipients are all people who have achieved a lot to get to this point and I think it’s worth acknowledging that. Shelby has shown real commitment and determination.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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