Foundation marks 10 years

The Monaro Education Foundation (MEF) is once again helping local youth with funding for their tertiary education.

MEF president Anne Maslin said the Foundation has given $22,000 to assist 19 local youths with their studies this year.

"It's our 10th year and we are very fortunate to be stronger than ever," Mrs Maslin said.

She highlighted the continuing recognition that rural and regional students face difficulties their city counterparts do not, particularly living away from home in order to study towards a career.

"The students [this year] range from forensic and veterinary sciences, to computer software, plumbing, to creative arts," Mrs Maslin said.

"Thanks to the generosity of our local supporters we are giving a total of just over $22,000.

"Our partnerships with a number of universities, including the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC), make these dollars go much further for our students, many of whom receive dollar-for-dollar funding.

"So a student at ANU who receives $1,000 from the Monaro Education Foundation also receives $1,000 from the university."

At the recent presentation to the grant recipients at the Cooma TAFE Snowy River Restaurant, Mrs Maslin was joined by Sarah Taylor, the chief executive officer of the Country Education foundation, and Tom Keenan, a major sponsor - the Origin Foundation.

"The Origin Foundation aims to help fund better education outcomes for rural and regional youth," Mrs Maslin said.

"As part of this strategy, Origin has given our parent organisation $300,000 over three years, to be distributed among the 40 branches. We, the MEF are one of the branches."

Mrs Maslin also gave a special thanks to the MEF committee.

"Jono Forrest, our treasurer, who kindly lets us use the Boyce and Company offices for our meetings, Cathy Toohey from Bombala pre school, Mike Mesley local vet, Brad Mcelroy, Monaro High School, Amanda Steinke Workways, Mandy Reeks school counsellor, Libby Litchfield, local farmer and the first MEF president, Donna Shelley Bombala High school, Mel Haylock another former president, Julia Bridgewater, our wonderful secretary and local learned friend in the legal world," Mrs Maslin said.

"We are always hugely grateful to the wonderful Jenny Clarke of Boyce and Co.

"Also here tonight are former committee member and secretary Ros Mack and husband Richard, who help out with selling our fundraising bags, and Brian and Dale Coyte who are endlessly generous with their design talents and printing company for all our printed material, including our MEF banner," Mrs Maslin said.

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