Op shop scholarship helps ease university stress

May 04, 2017

Bountiful op shop: Cobram Youth Foundation's Aaron Kelly, Cobram Youth Op Shop manager Debbie Johns, scholarship recipient Alisia Russo and Cobram Youth Foundation's Rob Morey.

A scholarship donated through funds raised by a local opportunity shop has helped ease the stress and financial burden of attending university.

Cobram’s Alisia Russo won the Cobram Youth Op Shop Bursary, which was awarded as part of the Community Fund Goulburn Valley’s Lift Off Scholarships.

Alisia is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Sport Management/Business at Federation University after starting the degree earlier this year.

‘‘It’s really helped a lot, especially with the book expenses and other associated costs. It’s really eased the stress of attending uni,’’ she said.

Her course is four years long and she said the $5000 bursary would go a long way in helping her set herself up for the duration of the degree.

She said the scholarship was an added bonus after moving to Ballarat straight away, starting university immediately after finishing her Year 12 studies at Cobram Secondary College last year.

Alisia said she would encourage anyone considering going to university or looking at further study to apply for the scholarship.

She said she was really grateful to the Op Shop and Youth Foundation for the financial relief the scholarship had offered.

Cobram Youth Foundation’s Aaron Kelly said they were pleased to be able to help young people achieve their dreams.

‘‘This is what the Youth Op Shop was set up for, to assist all young people in achieving their dreams and allowing them to pursue tertiary studies,’’ Mr Kelly said.

‘‘The scholarship the Op Shop provides allows them to do things they otherwise might have missed out on.

‘‘We would also encourage any young person under the age of 25 with any projects or ideas they have to approach the Youth Foundation, or myself, or message the Facebook page.’’

Mr Kelly encouraged people to continue supporting the Cobram Youth Op Shop to allow it to keep helping the community.

‘‘We want people to keep supporting the Op Shop so we can continue to support the youth of postcode 3644 — that includes Cobram, Barooga, Yarroweyah, etc.’’

Mr Kelly said people should visit the Cobram Youth Foundation’s Facebook page for more information or to inquire about any available grants or scholarships.

They will be taking expressions of interest for the 2018 scholarships.

Cobram Youth Op Shop’s Debbie Johns said they were pleased to be able to continue to support the youth of Cobram.

‘‘We’re pleased to continue to offer a grant to support the youth of Cobram in their studies, as supporting youth is what the Op Shop is all about,’’ she said.

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