Mitchell Community Scholarship

25 May 16

Scholarship protects vulnerable students in Mitchell community

 

Mitchell State School students facing disadvantages at home are now glimpsing a brighter future following a $3500 grant from social and affordable housing not-for-profit group, Horizon Housing.

 

The school is the second recipient of the ‘Horizon Achieve Scholarship Program’, which was established to support families to keep their kids on track at school through periods of hardship by assisting with things like school excursions, uniforms and study necessities.

 

“Research has shown that maintaining a connection to education is a key factor in breaking the ‘no home, no job’ cycle that leads to serious disadvantages for Australian children”, said Horizon Housing Chief Executive Officer, Jason Cubit.

 

 “While Horizon does a lot of work to support our tenants inHorizon is a proud supporter of the Maranoa region, and we wanted to do something to help the broader community. In providing the Mitchell State School with funds that can be put to good use assisting families facing hardship, Oour goal is to enable students to gain the most out of their school years, so they can go on to secure employment that will fund their own housing aspirations in the long term – permanently breaking the housing stress cycle”.

 

The Horizon Achieve Scholarship program is designed to support early intervention and prevention for at-risk students, with schools well placed to respond quickly to families in need.

 

“When families experience hardship or difficulties, it’s stressful and disruptive for the kids, which can make mum and dad feel guilty for circumstances that are often beyond their control”, said Mitchell State School Principal, Carol Coonan.

 

“We’re thankful that these scholarship funds have given us another opportunity to support our families when they need it most, which in turn supports the broader Maranoa community.”

 

To avoid the stigma of hardship, scholarship recipient privacy is protected, and their details are not shared.

 

“We wanted to assist families to remain members of their communities, rather than being further marginalised or excluded”, said Cubit.

 

Horizon Housing’s first round of scholarship funding was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Commonwealth Bank, with funds already presented to another Queensland school and a third to be announced shortly.

 

The program is entirely not-for-profit, with all of the $10,000 Commonwealth Bank grant to be passed directly on to the three schools to assist families in need.

 

Horizon Housing will be applying for further grants and funding partners to assist the Horizon Achieve Scholarships program to continue.

Scholarship protects vulnerable students in Mitchell community

Mitchell State School students facing disadvantages at home are now glimpsing a brighter future following a $3500 grant from social and affordable housing not-for-profit group, Horizon Housing.

 

The school is the second recipient of the ‘Horizon Achieve Scholarship Program’, which was established to support families to keep their kids on track at school through periods of hardship by assisting with things like school excursions, uniforms and study necessities.

 

“Research has shown that maintaining a connection to education is a key factor in breaking the ‘no home, no job’ cycle that leads to serious disadvantages for Australian children”, said Horizon Housing Chief Executive Officer, Jason Cubit.

 

 “While Horizon does a lot of work to support our tenants inHorizon is a proud supporter of the Maranoa region, and we wanted to do something to help the broader community. In providing the Mitchell State School with funds that can be put to good use assisting families facing hardship, Oour goal is to enable students to gain the most out of their school years, so they can go on to secure employment that will fund their own housing aspirations in the long term – permanently breaking the housing stress cycle”.

 

The Horizon Achieve Scholarship program is designed to support early intervention and prevention for at-risk students, with schools well placed to respond quickly to families in need.

 

“When families experience hardship or difficulties, it’s stressful and disruptive for the kids, which can make mum and dad feel guilty for circumstances that are often beyond their control”, said Mitchell State School Principal, Carol Coonan.

 

“We’re thankful that these scholarship funds have given us another opportunity to support our families when they need it most, which in turn supports the broader Maranoa community.”

 

To avoid the stigma of hardship, scholarship recipient privacy is protected, and their details are not shared.

 

“We wanted to assist families to remain members of their communities, rather than being further marginalised or excluded”, said Cubit.

 

Horizon Housing’s first round of scholarship funding was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Commonwealth Bank, with funds already presented to another Queensland school and a third to be announced shortly.

 

The program is entirely not-for-profit, with all of the $10,000 Commonwealth Bank grant to be passed directly on to the three schools to assist families in need.

 

Horizon Housing will be applying for further grants and funding partners to assist the Horizon Achieve Scholarships program to continue.