If you are willing to put in the hard yards you will eventually reap the rewards, and that is exactly what Alex Gardner has done.
Alex is the latest recipient of the Lift Off Youth Op-Shop Cobram scholarship.
The scholarship means Alex, 18, will receive $2000 both this year and next year and a further $1000 in 2020, which he said would go towards a few different expenses.
‘‘Obviously the cost of living in Melbourne isn’t cheap, so this will be a great start in terms of paying off my bond, as well as buying textbooks for university,’’ Alex said.
‘‘I just want to say a huge thank you to the Cobram Youth Op-Shop for getting involved in this initiative and providing me with this money, which will go a long way.’’
Rob Morey from the Cobram Youth Op-Shop said he was over the moon that Alex had won the scholarship.
‘‘We are delighted to be a part of this and extremely pleased that the recipient is such a great young man who comes from a wonderful family,’’ Mr Morey said.
‘‘He fully deserves this scholarship for all the hard work he has put in with his schooling and sets a great example for the rest of the youth in our community to follow.’’
The scholarship was put in place by Goulburn Valley Community Fund, which then approached the Cobram Youth Op-Shop to get involved and be on the selection committee to pick a person they believed best suited the criteria.
The Youth Op-Shop generously provides the funds directly to Alex.
Mr Morey said the shop only wanted to get involved with the scholarship if it was presented to a young person.
Alex said the selection process was thorough.
He had to submit an application form, which was followed by an interview with the board of directors at Goulburn Valley Community Fund.
Alex was the school captain and dux of Cobram Secondary College last year and is also a talented musician, playing drums in prominent local band The Delirious.
He is now undertaking a double degree at RMIT University in Melbourne, studying civil engineering and business management.
He said while moving to Melbourne was daunting at first, he was slowly finding his feet and was living with his girlfriend.