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Ellie West Charles Sturt University

Ellie West was awarded our 2019 BCEF and Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem Scholarship  enabling her to attend Charles Stuart University (CSU).  Ellie comes from Mt Canobolas near Orange, and is studying Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at CSU Bathurst.  

Read Ellie's Thank you letter to The Bush Children's Education Foundation

Cara Charles Sturt University Scholarship

Cara Earlam is the 2018 BCEF Scholarship recipient at Charles Sturt University.  Cara is from Country NSW and is currently studying Veterinary Science and has a Distinction Average in her grade.  Cara's Scholarship from the BCEF has supported her first 3 years of her degree and has now been extended for another year to assist her with the challenges of the Vet Science course.


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Maddy Kirshner, CSU Wagga Wagga
Maddy Kirshner

Maddy comes from Numbla Vale in NSW.  Maddy was awarded a bursary due to her family suffering extreme drought, financial hardship, sourcing feed for the stock, travel costs, crop loss, ever increasing expenses and no rain in sight and forced to de-stock. 

These are just some of the hardships that Maddy and other families have faced over the years.


Maddy successfully received a bursary from The Bush Children's Education Foundation and attended Boarding School in the Riverina area in NSW and is now studying 2nd year University at CSU Wagga Wagga.  

Maddy commented that being able to actually go to Boarding School has been an experience in itself, the opportunities you get and you would never get this being back at home”.  


Hear Maddy talk about her experience she had on the Young Endeavour.

Hear Maddy talk about what it is like to go to Boarding School.

Read the Monaro News Article on Maddy and her time on the Young Endeavour.

Alex Tamworth Scholarship

In 2020 we had 45 applications for one scholarship with the scholarship being awarded to Alex Farquhar.  Alex comes from Manilla near Tamworth and attended Calrossy Anglican School.  He is currently studying and living in a hall of residence at the Wagga Campus.

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Hayley Grimson was awarded the BCEF and Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem CSU Scholarship for 2019.  Hayley was asked to travel to Sydney from Dubbo to make a presentation to the BNP Paribas Bank's Environmental Group.  She was also asked to attend the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem Annual Patronal Church service and dinner at St John's College, Sydney University.  


Her presentation at both functions provided the background to her studying Early Childhood and Primary Teaching and how critical it was for her to be the beneficiary of BCEF's support, which was extremely well received. 


Hayley Grimson said

"Thank you, the Bush Children's Education Foundation, the Order of Lazuras of Jerusalem and the members of the BNP Bank for your kindness, your generosity, and the work you do for creating educational opportunities for children living in the bush."  


Max Ridley is one of our BCEF Alumni students.  He won the World Skills Australia Championship – gained through designing fencing equipment and reinventing equipment for his family farm – Max continues to work innovatively on the family farm. 

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