Three Moree students named as Ella Bella Memorial Scholarship recipients at presentation dinner

Three Moree students will receive a financial boost to help them excel at school and work towards their career goals thanks to the Ella Bella Memorial Scholarship program.

Thomas Marchant, Elka Devney and Michelle Dunlop are the successful applicants for this year’s Ella Bella Scholarship and will receive $1,000 ($250 each term) to go towards their schooling costs.

They will also have the opportunity to receive vocational mentoring, usually from within the local community, in their field of interest.

This is the second year Thomas, who is in year 10 at Moree Secondary College, has successully received the scholarship.

Last year he used the funds for purchasing a computer for school work as well as for maths tutoring. 

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Thomas would like to pursue a career in health within the defence force. He thanked and is appreciative of the support and mentorship received from Ella Bella Scholarship director Michelle Morgan.

Fellow Moree Secondary College year 10 student, Elka Devney is a new scholar this year. She likes English and agricultural science at school and is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

The other new scholar is Michelle Dunlop, who is in year seven at Moree Christian School. Michelle is interested in a career in psychology.

The three scholars were announced at Moree Lions Club’s 2018 Scholarship Awards Dinner on Thursday, August 16.

During the event, the scholars each made a short speech outlining their goals and thanked Moree Lions Club and Michelle Morgan for the support.

“The new scholars are extremely promising,” Moree Lions Club’s John Atkins said.

“They’ve got the incentive, commitment and parents behind them.

“There is a possibility that there may be another scholar in the near future.”

Mr Atkins and Ms Morgan assessed the applications.

The Ella Bella Memorial Scholarship program has been running, in partnership with Moree Lions Club, since 2013 and aims to help rural students in years seven to 10 with schooling costs and to achieve their goals.