EXCITED: Beth McKenna is the proud recipient of a $12,000 university scholarship.
EXCITED: Beth McKenna is the proud recipient of a $12,000 university scholarship. Tanya Easterby

Scholarship surprise makes uni life easier

A NICE surprise awaited Gympie student Beth McKenna in the mail yesterday morning; one that will continue to make her smile for years to come.

The St Patrick's College graduate, who achieved an OP 2 last year, yesterday received a letter telling her she was the recipient of a University of the Sunshine Coast scholarship.

She was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Merit Scholarship.

The prestigious scholarship is valued at $12,000 and will be awarded in $2000 instalments during Beth's time at uni.

She said the money would go a long way to helping her cover many of the costs that come with being a student.

Text books, printing needs and study equipment will be on the list of what the scholarship can help with and her mum Chrissi O'Connell said it was a fabulous benefit.

She said the time to submit applications for scholarships was right on Beth's most stressful time of the school year, however she applied for as many as she could and it paid of nicely, and surprisingly.

"I thought she'd never get the $12,000; imagine if she got that."

Beth, who will also receive a Zonta award next week, said the scholarship was "pretty exciting" and would help her pursue her career dream in advocacy.

"I want to do something that empowers people who aren't empowered," she said.

Beth said she's not entirely sure where that plan will lead her; however she does know she will be starting out studying a bachelor of Arts with a major in Law.

The responsible teen will move to her father's home in Palmwoods to be closer to the uni and to find part-time work.

Gympie Times


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