Hunter Valley coal producer Coal & Allied has partnered again with the University of Newcastle to support Hunter students pursue their passion by providing $60,000 in scholarships.
Through its Community Development Fund Coal & Allied will fund 12 scholarships worth $5,000 each for Upper Hunter students studying at the University of Newcastle.
The scholarships are available to students studying engineering, nursing, medicine, education, social work or science, who have been actively involved in their communities.
University of Newcastle Foundation CEO, Louise O’Connell, said it was the community who would ultimately gain from the scholarships.
“Students who receive scholarships are committed to do their best and often go on to motivate those around them.
Coal & Allied has been extremely generous with these scholarships, which do so much to support education and the youth of the Hunter,” she said.
Coal & Allied Principal Community Investment, Stephen Sneddon, said 2012 marked the sixth year the company had funded the scholarships, which are part of Coal & Allied’s commitment to developing sustainable communities in the Upper Hunter.
“Our partnership with the University of Newcastle is not only an investment in the future of these 12 students, but an investment in developing a diverse range of skills in the entire region.”
Scholarship winner Caitlin Du Chateau from Singleton is in her first year of a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/ Arts and said her school teachers and her supportive family inspired her to pursue a career in education.
“Coming from a small town I have a strong sense of community spirit. I am so grateful to Coal & Allied for helping me get through my studies so that one day I can help others,” she said.
Anyone wishing to donate to a student scholarship can contact the University of Newcastle Foundation on 02 4921 7453 or visit www.newcastle.edu.au/foundation.
Scholarship presentation and community gathering
Friday, 13 July / 4pm / Coal & Allied office, 127 John Street, Singleton
Please see full list of the 12 winners on the following page.
More information on the Coal & Allied Development Fund Scholarships can be found here.
Note: Stephen Sneddon and Louise O’Connell are available for interview. Images can be emailed after the event.
Media contact: Benieke Treverton / University Foundation on 02 4985 4178 or 0404 624 969.
About the University of Newcastle Foundation:
The Foundation is the platform for philanthropic support for the University of Newcastle. Donations help fund student scholarships, academic positions and research.
2012 Coal & Allied Community Development Fund
Abbey Bates, Muswellbrook (Teaching)
Bobbie Bayley, Singleton (Architecture)
Aidan Caelli, Singleton (Chemical Engineering)
Caitlin Du Chateau, Singleton (Teaching)
Hayley Frazer, Singleton (Environmental Science)
Tatum Hassett, Singleton (Teaching)
Jessie Hayne, Denman (Environmental Science)
Felicity Margery, Bulga (Medical Radiation Science)
Gabrielle Merrick, Branxton (Environmental Science)
Tess Roser, Singleton (Medicine)
Jessica Scott, Muswellbrook (Teaching)
Elizabeth Thompson, Aberdeen (Speech Pathology)