Mildura student honours late Grandfather

Mildura student honours late Grandfather

08 Jul 2010

La Trobe University student, Rachel Lapthorne is the third successful recipient of the annual Mildura RSL $2000 scholarship.

Rachel LapthorneThis scholarship is awarded to first year students studying education on the Mildura Campus and who have either had involvement with the armed services, or is a descendent of a veteran.

Rachel and her family are incredibly proud of her achievement.

‘My grandfather and uncle on my dad’s side, fought in the war.  Sadly I never got to meet my grandfather; he passed away when my dad was a child.’

‘This scholarship is a tribute to my grandfather and his dedication to this country.  Even though we never met, I feel I have a connection with him now,’ Rachel says.

Rachel, born and raised in Mildura, realised her passion for educating children when she worked as a teacher’s aide at a local primary school.

‘My son’s teacher encouraged me to start working in education as a teacher’s aide, I loved working with the children and working closely with teachers so I decided I wanted to become a teacher myself,’ she says.

After two years of being a teacher’s aide, Rachel decided to do a degree in education, when she went to enrol the staff told her about the RSL scholarship.

‘I didn’t think too much about it, then I thought it couldn’t hurt to try, the extra finances would be incredibly helpful because at the time I found out I was pregnant.'

‘Since I decided to go back to study, my family and I are living on a single income, so the extra money could help me continue to study so I will be able to pursue my career as a teacher.’

Rachel then wrote a letter to apply for her scholarship, she wrote about her passion for teaching children, how committed she is to the education course by being able to balance her family and maintain an A average.

‘The Mildura RSL strongly supports access to education and by providing this scholarship, we are actively engaging in supporting the children and grandchildren of Veterans and the community,’ the General Manager of the Mildura RSL, Mr. Kim Archibald said.

Mildura and District Primary Principals Association has also awarded a $350.00 prize for the second time to Kasey Rowe the most outstanding first year education student of 2010.  

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