STEM scholarship to help Madeline

By Daniel Hughes

High school student Madeline Dundon has been the beneficiary of a $1000 scholarship she plans to use for further tertiary education.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) scholarship was recently presented to Madeline by Country Women’s Association of NSW Murray Hut Branch in Finley president Nola Pinnuck.

‘‘The CWA is really happy to be empowering young women in our region with the financial assistance to help them through to secondary education after high school,’’ Mrs Pinnuck said.

‘‘We’ve been running the STEM scholarship for three years now and after viewing the quality of Madeline’s resume and how she presented herself in her interview, she was the right choice among many impressive candidates.

‘‘The scholarship has been made broad enough so that virtually any career path chosen by a young woman can apply.’’

After going through an application process and interview over several weeks, Madeline wasn’t expecting to hear the news when she got the phone call from Finley High School principal, Jeff Ward that she had won.

‘‘It was quite the surprise when I got the phone call from Jeff,’’ she said.

‘‘I'm quite happy to have won the STEM scholarship, it means a lot to me and for what I can do with it.’’

Madeline has recently completed her HSC exams, and already has one eye on the future and a professional career.

‘‘I plan to follow my passion for helping others and science by attending Charles Sturt University in Albury next year to study a nursing degree,’’ she said.

‘‘The scholarship will be important for me to achieve this, it will go towards a new laptop, text books and to my accommodation.

‘‘I plan on staying on campus in Albury, so the money help contribute to my accommodation costs.’’