24 June, 2022
Alana gets scholarship
Year nine Gilgandra High School student Alana Elsom has made her community proud, when she attended the Harding Miller Education Foundation award evening last month.
Held at the Australian
National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Alana was one
of 162 students nationwide to receive the Harding
“You get a laptop at the very start, so
I got one at the start of this year. And then you get
$2500 worth of tutoring each year for four years. You
also get a mentor, coach, and she tells me how to get the
best benefit out of my scholarship,” said Alana.
“You also receive a $650 prepaid card each year to
use on excursions, uniforms, and school books as well.
I bought a desk and a chair with it.
“I get a membership to some apps, which helps me
with studying. And if I ever need help with homework,
I can just go on the apps and they'll have someone
online to help me whenever I need to."
The scholarship is for a female student in year eight
going into year nine, in a public high school who must
meet strict eligibility criteria such as high academic
“Miss Murphy my year advisor actually introduced
it to us, and my sister did it last year when she was in
year nine, so mum new about it already. We had to fill
out things about ourselves, our situation, and circumstances.”
Alana is over the moon with her scholarship, and
says it has already helped her beyond what she imagined.
“I just can’t believe it really,” said Alana.
“I can do my assignments at home now because no
one in my family has a computer, except we have one
but its hard especially because I have siblings who also
“It’s just much easier to do things, quicker internet as
“Tutoring has helped me the most, its over zoom and
it’s been really good. Plus, I can finally do my own
schoolwork in my room with my desk.”
The Harding Miller Education Foundation scholarship is valued at approximately $20,000 over four years.