MICHELLE O’Sullivan didn’t hesitate when she was offered the chance to reduce her HECS debt and stay in the country town she calls home.
The director at Mathoura Preschool was the recipient of an incentive scholarship that gives $9000 to early childhood educators to help with education costs.
Originally from Geelong, Michelle has worked at Mathoura for three years and said she was loving life by the Murray.
“I feel very lucky and supported by the people of Mathoura and I’m extremely thankful to get the scholarship,” she said.
“Reducing the HECS debt helps to take the pressure off, especially when you’re studying and have a family.”
Michelle encouraged others to apply for the scholarship and remain in country towns.
“It gives people a great incentive to stay in the country,” she said.
“We need quality educators in our towns and this is one way of making it easier for people to stick around.”
State Member for Murray Austin Evans said the program provided scholarships to early childhood educators who have already enrolled and commenced their degree.
“I congratulate Michelle on her success.
‘‘This boost will help support her financially as she continues to pursue her studies. I wish her well in the future,’’ he said.
For more information go to education.nsw.gov.au