Scholarships an investment in bright futures

WINNERS: Jess Gillies, Coffs Harbour mayor Denise Knight and Jodi Wittenberg,  the 2016 BPW Scholarship winners.
WINNERS: Jess Gillies, Coffs Harbour mayor Denise Knight and Jodi Wittenberg, the 2016 BPW Scholarship winners. Contributed

BPW Coffs Harbour proudly announces the winners of our 2016 Scholarships. Once again we have had a great field of applicants and it is rewarding for us to see that there are young women educating themselves in preparation to assist others. Our community should be proud.

Jodi Wittenberg is the recipient of the Maude Spielvogel Scholarship and Jess Gillies has won the Wendy Martin Education Encouragement Award.

These two outstanding young women are in the final year of their graduate degree in psychology at Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour. Both are now looking to pursue additional studies in order to use their education to assist other women. This will be in the areas of domestic violence and human trafficking. As one of the young women has said in her application "I reached a point in my life where I was able to identify the need to challenge myself to create a career that I was proud of and to gain the skills that would enable me to actively contribute to society."

On the night we honoured these women, we also heard from three generations of women about "lifelong learning". They spoke about why learning is important to them and others in the audience, including our Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, also spoke of what education has meant to their lives.

BPW Coffs Harbour is proud of our record as contributors to education and empowerment of the women in our community and nationally and internationally.

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