FRESH St Market IGA in Atherton has partnered with Atherton State High School (ASHS) to deliver a new scholarship program that will see one graduating student receive $10,000 towards their tertiary education.
The new scholarship will run over six years with one applicant chosen each year from the graduating class.
The $10,000 will be split up into several smaller payments over three years for the students to help front moving costs, rent, food, textbooks and other study requirements.
After establishing a positive collaboration the ASHS P&C executive have been working selflessly for months with IGA to hammer out the details so that the class of 2020 have the opportunity to apply for this scholarship.
“We have been thrilled with the extraordinary generosity of IGA,” P&C President Andrew Dennis said.
“When we asked if IGA were interested they not only said yes but increased the donation and extended the length of the gift to six years.”
Fresh St Market IGA owner Mike Shakes was happy to give back to the community who had given him and his family so much.
“The community has given so much to our family business over the years and it feel gratifying to also help where we can,” he said.
ASHS Principal Tony Whybird said that this scholarship will make a real difference to the life of the successful student.
“A donation like this will enable a young man or women to start their university journey without worrying about having to immediately balance part time work with full time study or worry about how to pay the bills,” he said.
“It will put the successful applicant on the path to success from the beginning of their tertiary studies.”