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Tahli awarded Scholarship

08 Mar 2019

Tahli Awarded Scholarship

We would like to congratulate Tahli Gleeson on receiving a Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship. This is the largest scholarship available in Australia that can be awarded to high school students. Tahli was one of only 74 applicants in the whole country to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of applicants.



How Did the Journey Begin?



Last year when Tahli was in Year 8, her Year Adviser, Mr White, told Tahli’s class about this exciting opportunity. He explained that it was awarded to girls entering Year 9 who came from disadvantaged, isolated areas such as Merriwa, who were achieving very good grades. The Foundation Education Scholarship was started to support girls from disadvantaged areas to give them the best possible opportunity to achieve their career goals.

Tahli was very excited about this opportunity and started the process of applying for the scholarship. Tahli went and saw Miss Golden to help her collect all the pieces of information she needed for her application. For the application, Tahli had to send in her school reports and Year 7 NAPLAN results to prove her high grades, a statement from Mr Noonan to also prove her dedication to learning as well as her high attendance records, a statement from her Mum, and finally, a 400 word statement from her, in which she had to convince the Harding Miller Education Foundation why she deserved to receive the scholarship. In this statement, she had to talk about her commitment to studying, what she planned to do with the scholarship, her career goals and how the scholarship would help her achieve these career goals.



The Journey Continues



Tahli, her Mum, Mr Noonan and Miss Golden have been invited to an awards night in Sydney in May, where Tahli will officially be recognised for achieving the scholarship. Well done Tahli on this wonderful achievement.



Year 8 -Listen Up!



Applications for the 2020 Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship open in July. A similar scholarship is also available for both boys and girls in Year 8 (Malala Yousafzai Scholarship). Please see Miss Golden at the start of Term 3 this year for more details. It is very important that for Terms 1 and 2 this year, you have a great attendance record (meaning you come to school most days and on time), as well work really hard to achieve the best results possible in school. They will be looking at your grades and comments in your Semester 1 Report, as well as your NAPLAN results from last year.



What is the Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship?



The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship Program provides the tools and support to lift the educational achievements and career aspirations of high potential girls who are facing disadvantage. Scholarship support begins in Year 9. Scholarships are awarded for 2 years. At end of Year 10, scholars are invited to reapply for another 2 years support.


Successful applicants will receive the following


  • High quality laptop
  • 4G mobile broadband
  • Laptop Helpdesk Support
  • Face-To-Face Tutoring (40 hours each year)
  • Online Tutoring and other online tools
  • Coaching Support
  • Career and subject selection advice
  • Money to help cover the costs of:

                    - uniforms and school equipment,

                    - school excursions and fees, and

                    - stationery and books


What is the Selection Criteria for the Scholarship?


  • Girls entering Year 9 in the following year
  • Attends an Australian Public School
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Experiencing personal or socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Evidence or testimony from the School Principal of high academic potential
  • Demonstrated motivation to achieve academically and professionally, including an intention to carry on to tertiary education
  • Demonstrated interest in extracurricular. community or leadership activities will be considered favourably


Other Scholarships Available



Vorsay Scholarship for Primary Students - Year 1 Students

Year 1 to 12 Aboriginal Students

Malala Yousafzai Scholarship - Year 8 Students

Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation Scholarships - Year 12.

Google "The Public Education Foundation" for more information about these scholarships as well as many other scholarships students may be eligible for.

See Mrs Jones (Primary) or Miss Golden (Secondary) for more details.