Many rural and regional students considering university study or vocational training courses have little idea what the expected costs will be, and many will be reluctant to take on that risk, Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) shares.
However, Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation, a proud member of CEF, is here to help.
"Each year, since the start of our Centenary Foundation in 2007, we have noticed a significant increase in the need for financial support to country students," Centenary Foundation secretary Anne Hornsey explained.
"We are pleased our foundation has been able to make a difference to a number of these students"
To help allay some of that financial worry, and to encourage students to begin their tertiary studies or training in 2020, Kapunda Centenary Foundation has recently released details of its grant offerings for 2020.
Including $10,000 worth of continuing support in 2020, there is another $20,000 available in grants open to current senior students, and former Kapunda High School students under 25 years of age as of January 1, 2020.
At a recent Information session for Years 12 students held at Kapunda High School, Mrs Hornsey advised students that a total of $215,000 had been made available to almost 80 successful applicants, since the first grant was made in 2009.
Principal Kristen Masters addressed students on what the 'selection panel' would look for at the interview level of the selection process and advised all students to put significant effort into presenting themselves in the best possible way.
Three students, who had received grants for 2019, Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Loffler and Michaela Massey, returned to the school and spoke of their experiences to the current students.
They each expressed appreciation to the Kapunda Centenary Foundation for its support and encouraged all students to "have a go" and apply for the offerings available.
Students may apply for the local Foundation scholarships via the Country Education Foundation website: www.cef.org.au.
In the first instance, applications are to be made online.
The local 'selection panel' will then choose which applicants will move onto the interview round in the 'selection process'.
Applications close on September 30 this year.