Eileen Dalrymple (BPW Coffs Harbour) presenting the Maude Speilvogel Scholarship to Kaylea Short. CONTRIBUTED
Eileen Dalrymple (BPW Coffs Harbour) presenting the Maude Speilvogel Scholarship to Kaylea Short. CONTRIBUTED

Tertiary scholarship winners announced

BUSINESS & Professional Women (BPW) Coffs Harbour has announced the two winners of scholarships for women studying at tertiary institutions in Coffs Harbour.

These awards are given each year in memory of two former members and remarkable educators, Maude Spielvogel and Wendy Martin who taught in Coffs Harbour, and who strongly believed in equitable access to education for girls and women.

Stacey Weldon is the winner of the Wendy Martin Encouragement Award.

Stacey has had to overcome many challenging issues in her life. She had always wanted to do nursing but life kept getting in the way.

Her immediate goal is to successfully complete her enrolled nursing course at North Coast TAFE , work for 12 months then study a further two years to become a registered nurse.

She hopes to make a big contribution to her Aboriginal community by working to assist in the improvement of Aboriginal Health.

Kaylea Short is the winner of the Maude Spielvogel Award.

Kaylea has had a number of difficulties to overcome. She is in her third and final year of study at Southern Cross University and achieving excellent results and hopes to finish her nursing degree this year and secure a graduate position.

She plans to work as a nurse for a few years then to progress her education by studying medicine.

For both women, the scholarships will help them financially through the final year of study and placement, allowing them to achieve their goals.

As well as receiving financial assistance, the women receive one year's BPW membership which gives them the opportunity to be mentored to reach their goals through the assistance of the members.

The awards were announced at the BPW Coffs Harbour Dinner on Tuesday, June 9 2015, at the C.ex Club Vernon Street Coffs Harbour, the major sponsor for this event.

Bronwyn Chalmers, CEO of Gen Health, spoke of her education journey. Bronwyn was also a mature aged student and has gone on to forge a career that has been for the betterment of the community of Coffs Harbour.

To find out more about the projects and causes BPW supports, or to join the discussion, email coffsharbour@bpw.com.au, visit the Facebook page, or visit www.bpw.com.au/coffsharbour.

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