The inspiring stories of three Lift Off Education Scholarship recipients has prompted a further cash injection to next year’s fund.
The scholarships, facilitated by The Community Fund Goulburn Valley, go to young people in the region to pursue post-secondary study.
Local business couple Tracey and Terry Sofra joined forces with the WOW Women Group Shepparton after its recent luncheon where past recipients Amelia Morris, Victoria Gillie and Bonnie Simpson shared their stories.
Here, Mr Sofra announced a commitment on behalf of Sofcorp Financial Services and Sofra Partners Chartered Accountants to fund four $2000 scholarships for next year.
With more than 200 attendees on the day, the funds raised from raffle sales added an additional two $2000 scholarships specifically targeted at young women.
Community Fund chief executive Andrea McNab said the ongoing partnership with WOW Women was testament to the importance of education and tertiary opportunities to the community.
‘‘The generous support of people like Tracey and the WOW Women group will provide education opportunities to even more students from our region who face significant financial barriers to further study,’’ she said.
WOW Women group founder Ms Sofra said the group was passionate about education and, in particular, the education of young women.
‘‘It’s WOW Women’s personal mission to make sure all young women of the Goulburn Valley have the same opportunities as their city counterparts to go onto further education,’’ she said.