Holbrook student wins scholarship

Carrington Melbourne receives her state scholarship from Riverina Regional Director, Colin Parker.Holbrook student Carrington Melbourne has been awarded one of ten state scholarships offered through the NSW Premier’s volunteering awards.

The volunteering awards recognise students who have put in more than 20 hours back into the community by helping out locally.

Carrington was one of 1400 students from across the Riverina participating in the program and one of 70 students from Billabong High School who have donated their time.

The Holbrook teenager has spent almost 130 hours volunteering at the Harry Jarvis Wing, spending time with senior residents.

As a reward for her efforts, the 15-year-old has received a $2000 state scholarship which will be used to help with educational costs.

“It’s just such a big achievement, I never thought I’d be one out of 10 people chosen (for the scholarship),” she said.

The scholarship was not based on hours contributed to the program but rather applications given to a regional selection panel, who then sent three from the Riverina region to a Sydney panel to select a winner.

“It’s a very prestigious award considering there are only 10 on offer across NSW,” Billabong High School principal Phil Carroll said.

Carrington said she simply wrote about why she began volunteering in the program and what she had gotten out of it.

She said she had been inspired by her mother – who works in the health care system – to volunteer at the Harry Jarvis Wing because of a lack of aged care nurses.

While Carrington now has a $2000 head start on her future, she hasn’t yet decided what career she is interested in pursuing and is focusing on completing year 10 and continuing to fit in volunteer work.

She encouraged anyone thinking about volunteering to just “go for it because it’s such a good opportunity.”

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