Congupna’s Jordan Gee was recently selected as a 2018 Rural Chances Scholar for his tireless efforts supporting the local community.
Mr Gee received a $2000 scholarship to support his dream to complete a Certificate IV in Building Construction and finish his building apprenticeship in Shepparton.
‘‘I applied for the scholarship because tools for work can be expensive and I didn’t have a lot of money,’’ Mr Gee said.
The Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation offers the Rural Chances scholarships to young rural and regional Victorians wishing to pursue vocational education, who demonstrate leadership commitment in their communities.
The 17-year-old was a successful applicant because of a displayed dedication to his hometown of Congupna.
‘‘In the 2012 flooding, I helped sandbag homes around town for the week,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m also heavily involved in the Congupna footy club, as the vice-captain of the thirds.’’
Mr Gee has been with Congupna Football Netball Club since he was seven and regularly helps out at the club with dinners and running water at games.
He began his apprenticeship with GTN Constructions in January this year and is looking forward to beginning his studies soon.
‘‘I was pretty stoked to get the scholarship, it’s a pretty big deal,’’ Mr Gee said.
‘‘Thanks to the foundation for the opportunity they have given me.’’