Mackenzie Blackburn wins youth scholarship

Mackenzie Blackburn wins Council youth scholarship
Mackenzie Blackburn proudly displaying her Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarhship award with Deborah Giddins (L) and Rebecca Egan (R) from Kepnock State High School. Photo: contributed.

Mackenzie Blackburn’s future dreams to become a nurse were recognised when she received one of Bundaberg Regional Council’s inaugural Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Awards (BRYSA).

BRYSA recognises and supports youth who have overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of their personal achievements.

The inaugural program received 31 nominations with seven recipients awarded based on merit by an Advisory Group made up of representatives from Youth Services Bundaberg, Link & Launch, CQUniversity and Bundaberg Regional Council.

The Council-initiated awards aim to provide recipients with more opportunities to pursue their education and training goals.

Mackenzie Blackburn dreams of being a nurse

Mackenzie was thrilled to win the inaugural scholarship award as she worked towards achieving her career goals.

“I grew up in Brisbane and recently moved to Bundaberg to live with my dad,” she said.

“I applied for the scholarship to increase my learning and help my personal development.”

Mackenzie is currently a student at Kepnock State High School and is also undertaking further studies at TAFE.

“I’ve always wanted to help in caring roles and have decided to study to become a nurse,” she said.

“This scholarship helps provide me with the resources I need to improve my ability to learn more.

“I like living in Bundaberg because there are many opportunities and inspirational people to learn from.

“I would just like to thank Rebecca Egan, Deborah Giddins and Bec Wolgast for inspiring me and encouraging me to apply for the scholarship and supporting me through my doubts and questions,” Mackenzie Blackburn said.

Read more about Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Awards here.