Queensland aged care and retirement living services provider Sundale has awarded almost $30,000 in scholarships to staff.
Six Sundale team members have received scholarship grants totalling $26,950.
The Sundale Scholarship Fund is tailored to each recipient and can be spent on education-related expenses such as course fees, a laptop, internet, travel costs, and computer programs or books.
“The Sundale Scholarship Fund removes some of the barriers often associated with further education,” said Sundale acting chief executive officer Richard Langley.
Susan Winter – who works at the not-for-profit provider’s Bowder Lodge Care Centre in Nambour – has been awarded the Sir Clem Renouf Scholarship, which honours one of Sundale’s founding fathers who championed education throughout his life.
Ms Winter said she got emotional on learning she had received the scholarship. “I actually cried when I was told I had been awarded a $10,000 scholarship. I was sitting at the lunch table, and I burst into tears.”
The $10,000 will help Ms Winter complete her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at James Cook University. “Financially, it’ll provide me with some breathing space,” she said.
Arpan Pathak – who works full-time as an enrolled nurse at Rod Voller Care Centre in Burnside – also received a $10,000 Sir Clem Renouf Scholarship, which will pay for course fees at the University of the Sunshine Coast while he completes his Bachelor of Nursing Science degree.
“I am so happy,” said Mr Pathak. “It’s tough working and studying at the same time. The $10,000 scholarship from Sundale will really help.”
Both recipients merit the grant, said Mr Langley. “Susan and Arpan richly deserve the Sir Clem Renouf Scholarship.”
Other scholarship recipients include Mandy Andrews, Orawan Suksomkorn, Donna Davis and Amporn Chanfu. “The Sundale Scholarship Fund is a simple, yet powerful way we can support our team members, the Sundale community and our residents and care recipients,” said Mr Langley.