Supporters, funders, recipients and stakeholders of the Lift Off scholarship fund gathered at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE Shepparton on Tuesday night.
The annual dinner recognises scholarship partners who donated to the fund, a collaboration between the Community Fund and the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project.
‘‘The idea behind the night is to thank our sponsors and supporters and to recognise what they are doing to help,’’ Community Fund acting chief executive Andrea McNab said.
‘‘We also announced some of our new scholarships and two past recipients shared their stories, speaking about how Lift Off has helped them in further study.’’
Since its inception in 2014, Lift Off has assisted 40 students from the region to live their education dream. ‘‘It’s not only the money, it is also about them feeling that the community cares and is behind them,’’ Mrs McNab said. This year, 27 scholarships with a value of $80000 were awarded to students facing some barrier to pursue their education dream.
Mrs McNab said the Community Fund was looking for businesses to support the program.
‘‘If anyone else in our community is inspired to support our scholarship program we would love to hear from you,’’ she said.
On Tuesday night, the 70-odd people in attendance raised more than $5000 via ticket prices at the dinner, enough to award one general Lift Off scholarship next year.
Victoria-based students who have attended secondary school in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Numurkah, Nathalia, Euroa, Rushworth, Cobram and Kyabram are eligible.
Applications open on September 11 and will close December 18. Forms can be found at: thecommunityfund.com.au