2020 HMEF Christmas Appeal

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A story of overcoming disadvantage across rural and regional Australia

Challenges of living in a rural, remote and isolated community

Naioka lives in the far north NSW community of Goodooga, a small village near the Queensland border, an hour’s drive from the opal mining hub of Lightning Ridge. Rich in local history, Goodooga is believed to have been one of the hideouts of the legendary bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt.

A talented young woman, Naioka has found support to optimise her potential. Her future looks bright due to her commitment to education to improve her life as well as the lives of her family.

Naioka is a 2019 Harding Miller Education Foundation scholarship recipient who lives with her grandmother. With no car, they rely on others to take them into Lightning Ridge for school supplies at the local news agency.

High potential student makes the most of learning

Described by her school principal as ‘thriving on academic pursuits, having enormous potential and always having a book in her hand’, Naioka is a student who has stood out and made the most of every learning opportunity.

She has been accepted into the online Aurora College that caters for Gifted and Talented students who live in rural and remote areas, offering the chance to study specialist subjects using the latest technology.

The internet provides opportunity for learning

As part of her HMEF scholarship, Naioka received a new laptop and high-speed internet which has been instrumental in giving her the resources to take advantage of the opportunities she has already achieved for herself.

It’s not only Naioka who benefits, it’s her loving grandmother who can now watch and encourage her grandchild to excel without the financial pressures of paying for tools and resources.

The extraordinary teachers at her school in Goodooga spend many hours supporting her and helping her to reach her potential, and Naioka is thanking them by continuing her education to make the most of her learning opportunities.

Everyone needs a break at some point in their lives and the HMEF has provided that additional support for a young woman who has a bright future.

Your donation makes a difference at Christmas

During November and December, the Harding Miller Education Foundation’s Christmas Appeal gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for young people in rural and remote communities by donating to scholarships for young women who show potential and want to continue their education to Year 12.

The Harding Miller Education Foundation scholarships are specifically for disadvantaged, high potential young women who are enrolled as a student in a public high school. These are Australia’s most generous scholarships for this cohort, valued at $20,000 over four years. They include a package of critical resources with a high-quality laptop, school expenses and tutoring support to encourage young women to stay at school and achieve their potential.

All donations go directly to the scholarship program as all administration and operating costs are paid for by the foundation’s founders, Kim Harding and Irene Miller.