SIXTEEN students from across Ballarat were yesterday handed a cheque for $2000 to help them take the next step after high school.
The Dorothy Irene Ellis-Thomas scholarship has been supporting local students for the past 15 years.
The former businesswoman set up the trust to help support Ballarat students after she received no formal education.
Trustee Paul James said the scholarship had given out $415,000 and was not purely about academic results.
It also takes into account other things students take part in outside their education.
“When you see what these kids cram into 12 months and you have got everyone from here wanting to be everything from an aerospace engineer to a paramedic,” Mr James said.
Students are nominated by the school for the scholarships. Mr James said he went through a rigorous process selecting students to receive the money.
Mount Clear College student Tzaadi Lane was one of yesterday’s recipients.
“I don’t know what I want to do, I want to go on to further education,” he said.
Read the full and fascintaing story of how the Ellis Thomas Scholarship came into being in BE today. Page 32