Scholarship to help pair give back to community
Two ambitious Broome women chasing their dreams at university have been given a major boost to help complete their studies.
Rossica Bin Omar and Tyrina Garstone were granted a $20,000 scholarship recently, as part of the Nestle Aboriginal Youth Development Program, aimed at helping students study beyond high school, particularly in the health and wellbeing field.
The duo were both a part of the Broome Girls Academy, which runs concurrently with classes at Broome Senior High School.
The funding will go towards the costs of their studies, as well as daily living expenses.
Miss Bin Omar, who started her psychology degree at the University of WA earlier this year, said she was always interested in different aspects of human behaviour.
“I think psychology will help me become someone that understands, relates and can give back to those who are struggling,” she said.
“My goal is to give back to Broome so that the people in my community have someone to talk to if they are struggling with mental health issues.
“There are very few psychologists around the Kimberley and I hope to make a real difference in others’ lives.”
Miss Garstone said she would use the prize to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Melbourne.
“I’ve always wanted to prove to myself that as an indigenous girl I can do maths, science, study engineering and be successful,” she said.
“As a role model for my family and indigenous youth, I would love to show them the pathway to further edu-cation.”
Nestle corporate programs manager Rashna Shroff said the company was delighted to award the scholarship to two deserving Broome graduates.
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