Applications invited for the 2017 April Bottom Scholarship

Applications are now being invited for the 2017 April Bottom Scholarship.

The scholarship was established by the family of April Bottom following her death from cancer in 2003.

April and her husband David ran Wirryilka Station for many years and experienced first-hand the difficulties of having their children educated. Before her passing, April expressed a desire to set up a fund to assist families from the Parish of the Far West and Broken Hill with the education of their children, particularly where they needed to leave the region in order to achieve their potential.

In previous years, winners of the scholarship have moved from their homes or properties surrounding Broken Hill and Menindee to study in locations such as Adelaide, Bathurst, Sydney and Darwin.

2016 Scholarship winner, Ellie Chrisakis, is currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

“The scholarship has allowed my transition to be smooth as I have had less financial stress,” says Ellie. “I absolutely love Wagga and Charles Sturt University. I have met so many amazing people and have settled in so well. Although my course is very full on I have found it interesting and I can’t wait to learn more! Thanks to the April Bottom family and BCA I have been given such an amazing opportunity to strive and achieve.”

To be eligible for the April Bottom Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a resident of the Parish of Broken Hill and the Far West
  • Undertake study outside the Parish in 2017
  • Submit your completed application by the closing date and have it verified by your parents/carers
  • Provide academic records from the previous year and any information to support your application including club memberships, sporting or academic achievements.

The winner of the 2017 Scholarship will be notified in mid-October 2016. The amount, $11,000 , will go towards tuition/ boarding/text books, etc. as they commence their studies in 2017.

If you know someone who would benefit from the April Bottom Scholarship or you are  interested in obtaining further information please email greg.bridge@bushchurchaid.com.au or phone the BCA National Office on 02 9262 5017.

Applications close 15 September 2016.