Former Finley High School students Sophie Lostroh and Maddison Haintz say they are ‘‘extremely grateful’’ to receive $1000 each towards their university studies from the Murray Hut Country Women’s Association branch.
For the past three years Finley High School has selected the best science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) female students to receive scholarships from the group.
Murray Hut CWA president Nola Pinnuck said it was important to create a pathway for young women into STEM subjects at university.
‘‘This helps young girls get through those tougher times at university and we’re happy to provide them with a small donation to get started,’’ she said.
Miss Lostroh completed her Year 12 HSC studies last year, earning a Band 5 in Biology and Mathematics and Band 4 in Chemistry.
She will attend La Trobe University, Bendigo campus studying a Bachelor of Applied Science with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.
‘‘I’m very appreciative of the sponsorship, which can go towards rent,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m studying occupational therapy because it’s about helping people improve their lives.’’
Miss Haintz graduated from Finley High School in 2016 and spent a gap year working at Gerard McCarthy law firm in Berrigan.
She will this year take up her spot at La Trobe University in Bendigo to study a Bachelor of Nursing.
‘‘It’s great to see we’ve inadvertently brought these two girls together, as I understand they’re in the same accommodation,’’ Mrs Pinnuck said.
As part of the scholarship program, both students will return to give the Murray Hut members an update on their studies later in the year.