The Narrandera Soroptimists have awarded their annual scholarship to local soon-to-be university student Emely Young.
Ms Young is about to begin a Bachelor’s of Design in Visual Communication, studying at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Living on campus in the heart of Ultimo, her studies won’t come cheap.
“I applied for the scholarship because even with the money I’ve saved it’s still going to be a struggle with food and rent. Especially with resources; being a design subject, I’ll have to be buying a lot of my own supplies,” said Ms Young.
“I’m really fortunate that I have Narrandera behind me to support me through my degree.”
The scholarship is worth $1500 and is presented to a student who is either completing their HSC or who is already enrolled in tertiary studies.
Ms Young was chosen from a pool of nine applicants and according to Soroptimists president Iris Schofield, narrowing down the field was extremely difficult.
“They were very strong applicants. It was very hard cutting it down to four,” Ms Schofield said.
The final four were interviewed by a panel, of which Ms Schofield was a part.
“I was awestruck about the whole thing. I really think in the years to come we’ll be very proud of all nine.”
Ms Young already has a practical eye towards the realities of studying in a capital city.
“I’ve had a gap year and I’ve worked at Close Narrandera Pharmacy, where I finished last week. I have saved a lot of my money this year, working and living at home.
“I’ve made the most of my year off. I never thought of my gap year as just having to get through work to start doing what I want to do. I really enjoyed the pharmacy; it was fun to do something out of my comfort zone.
“Now I’m just excited to go back into my art.”
Ms Young is as yet unsure of where she would like her degree to take her, and part of her decision to study at UTS was the open-ended nature of the course.
“The advantage of Sydney is I don’t have to specialise straight away. I haven’t really had the experience to experience everything, to see what I actually enjoy. I can develop my skills and then figure out what I want to do, and pair it with a double degree if I want.
“I’m actually looking at international and global studies at the moment. I love history and culture, and it would mean I could use my degree to travel.”
While Ms Young is still undecided as to where her degree could take her, she is still determined to take her skills back to Narrandera when she gets there.
“I’m hoping then to bring art back to Narrandera, because I know it’s not as well supported as, say, sporting events. So it would be nice to try to encourage the next generation to study art.”