19 June, 2023
Another seven CEF students helped pursue career dreams
Now in its 21st successful year, the Country Education Foundation (CEF) of Gilgandra and District has, in 2023, sponsored another seven students in their dreams for tertiary education.
The CEF is a non-government charity that aims to
provide financial support through annual grants for
country kids to gain higher education opportunities that
might otherwise be denied them.
Students undertaking tertiary education such as
TAFE, university, or other accredited training institutions,
are eligible apply for these grants that can go
towards start-up costs, accommodation, travel, textbooks,
and the like.
“The system has proved to be of great value to the
students, as country people have many more expenses,
especially for accommodation, than their city counterparts,’
Gilgandra CEF chairperson, Joan Staggs said.
“Once a student is eligible by our local organisation,
there are addition sources of support that can be
obtained through other organisations. Families have
been very grateful for our support,” she added.
This year’s recipients are as follows:
• John Bunter for a Bachelor of Bio-Medical Science
at the University of Queensland;
• Anna Schier for a Bachelor of Education
(Technology and Applied Studies) at CSU Wagga
• Amelia Murray for a Bachelor of Veterinary
Biology Science at CSU Wagga Wagga;
• Sarah Schier for a Bachelor of Pharmacy at CSU
• Lachlan Riley for a Bachelor of Accounting at
• Zoe Welsh for a Bachelor of Sport at the University
• Nash Marchant for a Bachelor of Exercise and
Sport Science at CSU Port Macquarie.
Recipient Anna Schier, said that the grant has been a
real blessing which will take a burden off the start of her
“It means you don’t have to stress
and rush to find a job right as uni starts, you have some
support to send you off and get started,” she said.
Other students, Lachlan and Amelia, added that the
grant money will go towards things like accommodation
costs and study equipment.
“It’ll be really helpful in easing some of that financial
pressure of moving away,” Lachlan said.
Later this year, the local CEF group are keen to conduct
another ‘Evening by the River’, to bolster funds for
“We just want this valuable work to be
able to continue,” Mrs Staggs explained.
“Over the years, we have funded brick-layers,
mechanics, electricians, doctors, solicitors, teachers,
nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, and so on, to
achieve their dreams.
“We have been able to help 176 students so far, and
this year an additional seven students. We wish the 2023
cohort all the very best in their studies,” she added.
The capitalisation of the foundation is now more than $200,000, which includes local and co-funding sources.