CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) have announced the successful recipients of the 2020 Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships.
Kaitlyn Spence from Parkes has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Orange to study a Bachelor of Health and Rehab Science and Lily Walsh from Forbes has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science.
Both Kaitlyn and Lily will receive $5,000 per year of their study as part of their non-technical scholarship.
They will also receive a laptop to assist them with their tertiary studies.
In addition to financial support, the students receive work placements on site at Northparkes and throughout Australia.
Northparkes provides constant support throughout the duration of the study, and work placement opportunities during uni holidays.
This ensures scholarship holders can attend, enjoy and eventually obtain employment in their chosen field.
"I am excited to have started on the path to my dream job. This scholarship will help pay for equipment and accommodation. I am also excited about the opportunity to further expand my skills and knowledge through my work placement at Northparkes," Kaitlyn said.
Lily, who is in her second year of university, said, "The financial support provided by Northparkes will help significantly with the ongoing costs of university. I am also really excited to undertake work placement at Northparkes to get some hands-on experience".
These scholarships are a result of a signed relationship agreement with Northparkes' Wiradjuri Executive Committee (WEC) which aims to build sustainable Indigenous communities.
The WEC meets quarterly to identify opportunities and develop projects which support Wiradjuri people in the local community.
The WEC is made up of two members from the Wiradjuri Council of Elders, two from Peak Hill Local Aboriginal Land Council and two Northparkes employees.
Hubert Lehman, Northparkes Managing Director said, "The scholarship program is vital to Northparkes, both to help Indigenous people further their studies and also to help develop the Northparkes employee pipeline. Congratulations Kaitlyn and Lily - we are proud to welcome you both to our employee pipeline and we wish you all the best in your studies".