Winner of the 2017 April Bottom Scholarship

The family of April Bottom and Bush Church Aid are proud to announce the 2017 recipient of the April Bottom Scholarship – Jessica Midgley from Broken Hill.

Over the past two years, eighteen-year-old Jessica completed a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and a Certificate 2 in Auslan. In early 2016 she was accepted into the Flinders University Foundation Studies Program.

Jessica’s road has not been an easy one; since finishing school she has worked up to 30 hours a week alongside placements and study. When she moved to Adelaide in June to commence the Foundation Studies Program, her father took on a second job to help with expenses.

In 2017 Jessica will commence a Bachelor of Early Childhood through Flinders University. As the recipient of the April Bottom Scholarship, she will receive $11,000, which will go towards her goal of becoming a teacher.

“I’ve always known that I wanted to become a primary school teacher,” says Jessica. “My dream is to work with underprivileged children, helping them have the best life possible. Going to university and getting my teaching degree is the first step in making my dream a reality.”

Students such as Jessica, who have the potential to achieve but not necessarily the opportunity, are the reason April Bottom established this scholarship. Having experienced difficulties herself, April wanted to assist families in the Parish of Broken Hill and the Far West with children wishing to undertake secondary or tertiary education away from home.

“This scholarship means so much to me,” says Jessica. “It will enable me to undertake the first year of university study knowing that I don't have to worry about rent, upfront fees and textbooks; the things I would struggle to afford.” 

The Bottom family and BCA wish Jessica all the best as she commences her study and thank all the candidates for their applications. Those candidates who were unsuccessful are invited to apply again in 2017.