January 19, 2017
Former Year 12 St Mary’s Catholic College student Hannah Mallett went to Harvey Norman computers in Kingaroy on Thursday to pick up a new computer … and it was on the house.
The cost was paid by the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and KCCI president Rob Fitz-Herbert was in store to write the cheque.
Hannah was one of two local high school students – one from St Mary’s, the other from Kingaroy State High – who won a $1000 bursary at last year’s school graduation ceremonies.
Rob said it was a great pleasure for the KCCI to provide bursaries for the town’s two high schools each year.
The bursaries are given to Year 12 students undertaking business, economics, legal or community services studies.
Winning applicants also need to display good character qualities and a strong work ethic.
“The intent of the bursaries is to inspire students to pursue a goal they may feel they can’t reach because of financial limitations, even though they have the willingness, interest and capacity to do so,” Rob said.
“We hope that this will help them get the head start they need as they transition into further study or employment.
“A second benefit is that we encourage the winners to spend their bursary locally, wherever possible, to help spread the benefit even further into the local community.”
Hannah, who was presented with her new Acer Aspire system by Harvey Norman Computers franchisee Steve Johnstone, said she plans to start looking for a job soon.
But she may consider further studies in future.
And – either way – the new computer will help her pursue both possibilities.