Bursary makes dream possible
BENTLEY Park State College graduate Lyssa Grainger has earned one of Tropical North Queensland TAFE's richest awards.
The 17-year-old received a $5000 Diploma of Nursing Study Scholarship yesterday to assist her studies which will begin next year.
"I wouldn't be doing the course if it wasn't for the scholarship," the Mt Sheridan teenager said.
"I wasn't able to pay for it and it was really stressful."
Lyssa had been working part-time at a fast food store while studying year 12 and spending one day a week at TNQT to complete her Introduction to the Diploma of Nursing.
"Mum was losing sleep because she didn't know how to pay for it. After the course I can go out and get work placement and become a registered nurse."
Lyssa's mother Megan Grainger said she was proud of her daughter who decided about 18 months ago to study nursing.
"It's a real credit to her. She has really excelled this year," she said.
"Lyssa rang me at work and told me about the scholarship. She had me crying on the phone."
TNQT faculty manager of business, environment, sustainability and tourism, Sue Jenkins-Jones said Lyssa was chosen for her enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.
"Lyssa is now trained in the basics of nursing and she was looking forward to the study modules and the work experience in aged care facilities and at the Cairns Base Hospital."
Institute Director Joann Pynesaid several scholarships were offered across various TAFE departments.
"These scholarships are important in helping worthy students like Lyssa follow their career pathways," she told The Cairns Post."
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Healthy ambition: Lyssa Grainger will embark on a nursing career next year.