FOURTEEN students have received a helping hand from the Clermont and District Education Group (CDEG) to assist their post-high school education, training and vocation goals .
They have each received a CDEG 2013 grant to help with away-from- home expenses.
CDEG chair Paula Heelan said the 2013 recipients were announced at a CDEG fundraising event organised by past and present recipients.
"They ran a fantastic community trivia night which not only raised more than $4500 for CDEG but helped create greater awareness for the group," she said.
In its third year and under the umbrella of the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEFA), CDEG aims to widen horizons for local youth by supporting their further education and career aspirations.
"For our rural youth, the substantially greater cost to access further education and vocation opportunities, as compared to their metropolitan counterparts, is often prohibitive," Mrs Heelan said.
"CDEGs assistance helps relieve the financial strain on students and their families and conveys a strong message of community support.
"CEFA has established partnerships with many universities and colleges who match CDEG grants."
Recent fundraising event was testimony to the extent of community backing for local students.
"It was wonderful to see the recipients so enthusiastically take it upon themselves to run their own fundraiser for CDEG," Mrs Heelan said. "Their families and friends all pitched in to help and the long list of local businesses that also contributed to the event's success was phenomenal."
Angela Martin, of Clermont, has received CDEG support since 2010.
"CDEG has supported me since I began my studies in Brisbane," Angela said. "Being the third sibling to undertake tertiary education, it's quite a financial burden for my family.
"With CDEG's assistance, I've been able to buy a computer, textbooks, pay travel expenses and other costs during the semesters. CDEG's help makes a huge difference and is extremely appreciated by us all."
Recipients of CDEG 2013 grants are: Melanie Taylor, Anna Boyes, Brittany Newton, Carmen Tuttle, Angela Martin, Pamela Watts, Zak O'Brien, Jackson Wood, Vera Fordyce, Emily Moller, Alexandra Goodwin, Brady Lawrence, Madelaine Hoch and Eliza Pumfrey.
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