HELPING HAND: Di Griffin, Rachel Brennan and Carlee Miller at the Roma on Bungil Gallery on Tuesday.
HELPING HAND: Di Griffin, Rachel Brennan and Carlee Miller at the Roma on Bungil Gallery on Tuesday. Rory Hession

Student on her way

STEPPING out of your home town and moving away to University is always a big step, but for student Rachel Brennan this step has been made easier to make.

On Tuesday morning the Roma on Bungil Gallery held a presentation named Rachel Brennan as the winner of the Roma on Bungil Gallery Santos GLNG Young Artist Bursary.

The Bursary supports artists between 15 and 21 from the Maranoa Region who are studying abroad and includes a $1500 investment towards their university studies.

Rachel Brennan, who went to School in Roma and who's family currently lives in Roma, said the bursary has made a big difference.

”I didn't expect it, but I am so glad that I was selected for the bursary,”she said.

”There are a lot of expenses I had to consider to move away and this has taken the headache out.”

Ms Brennan said one of the 'headaches' was how to support herself and buy items for University, but has been taken care of by the bursury.

”Getting the money means text books and art supplies wont be a big issue and gives me a step forward when I do leave,” she said.

The bursary also takes the weight off the financial stressed on her parents to help support her Ms Brennan said.

”It means that my parents wont need to assist me as much,” she said.

”I will be able to start off with a better chance and take the weight off their involvement.”

Santos senior community adviser Carlee Miller said the bursary continued their involvement to support education.

”Santos has been a long-term supporter of education and the arts in the Maranoa, and we're very pleased to bring the two together,” she said.

”Our congratulations go to Rachel on receiving the bursary and we wish her all the very best in her studies.”


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