High achiever wins the final April Bottom Scholarship

By Janine van den Tillaart

Kelsey Graham
Kelsey Graham of Broken Hill


Since 2004, fifteen young people have benefited from the legacy of the late April Bottom. The scholarship established in her honour has eased their financial burden as they have moved away from home to attend university.

We are pleased to announce that the final recipient of the April Bottom Scholarship is Kelsey Graham of Broken Hill. Kelsey has received $12,000 to go towards her tuition fees, boarding fees and text books.

“When I received the news that I would receive the scholarship I felt disbelief, happiness and relief,” says Kelsey. “I am very thankful to receive the scholarship this year. It takes a significant amount of financial pressure off myself and my family, making it easier to focus on my studies. I really appreciate the scholarship and plan to make the most of the coming year, even more so now with this reduced financial stress.”

Kelsey is a high achiever. She was the most outstanding student at Willyama High School in Years 9, 10 and 11. In Year 11 she topped the class in maths, mathematics extension, PDHPE, modern history, chemistry and biology. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Science Award.

Kelsey has just commenced a double degree in science and arts at Monash University. She plans to major in ecology, conservation biology, archaeology and ancient history.

The Bottom family and BCA wish Kelsey all the best as she settles into life in Melbourne and commences her studies.

“Bush Church Aid has been proud to administer the April Bottom Scholarship,” said Mark Short. “It honours the memory of a faithful Christian and keen BCA supporter and reflects BCA’s longstanding commitment to serving children and young people in the bush.”