Mekong awards two $10,000 University Scholarships to local students
Mekong, a community club within the Mounties Group, has announced the winners of its inaugural Mekong Mounties University Scholarship. The two recipients, Julia Nguyen and Kylie Huynh, who are both locals to the Cabramatta area, were presented with scholarships of $10,000 each.
Mekong Mounties originally planned to offer a single scholarship but, as both recipients’applications were of such high calibre, the club generously decided to award two scholarships of $10,000.
The program, which launched in 2015, aims to assist and encourage students from low socioeconomic and disadvantaged backgrounds to continue with their higher education.
Mounties Group President, Kevin Ingram, said: "We were excited to announce the recipients of the Mekong Mounties University Scholarship and look forward to helping our dedicated local students achieve their educational goals in the future.
"We would like to thank all entrants for their efforts and are pleased we were able to award two scholarships, as we were unable to decide between these very deserving and hard-working students," he said.
Both recipients received exceptional results in the Higher School Certificate in 2015 and are seeking to further their education at the University of Sydney this year.
Julia Nguyen, who was awarded DUX at St John's Park High School, will be undertaking a double degree (Commerce and Arts) with her goal to become a Business Management Consultant. Julia has withstood personal family hardship and recognises the value of resilience and determination.
Kylie Huynh, who attended Cabramatta High School in 2015, seeks to complete a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Kylie recently dedicated her time to organising fundraising for an orphanage in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake.
Both recipients were presented with their scholarships at the 2016 TET Festival, Saturday, 6 February 2016.
The Scholarships were open to students of Vietnamese heritage, who finished high school in 2015 and were seeking to commence full-time undergraduate studies in 2016. The applicants were assessed on their academic merit; achievements outside of school, including community involvement; financial hardship; and personal barriers that had been overcome.