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Mentor Support Network gears up for another big year

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For more than 15 years, the Hunter’s Mentor Support Network (MSN) has nurtured the development of the region’s students.

And, it will be the same again in 2023, with the organisation preparing to offer another 42 grants to local pupils under its 2023 Educational Scholarship program.

That brings the total number to about 770 since 2008, the overall value being approximately $770,000.

MSN chair Judy Hart paid tribute to the many companies, clubs and individuals, from various sectors, for providing funds to ensure the initiative’s longevity.

This year, Aurizon (Community Giving Fund), Burton Automotive Group, ClubGRANTS NSW (Beresfield Bowling Club, East Maitland Bowling Club, Hexham Bowling Club, MEX Club), Hunter Valley Training Company, Knitters Guild of NSW Inc (Newcastle Branch), Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (Community Support Program), The Mutual Bank and the University of Newcastle Rugby Union Club (Bernie Curran Scholarship) are hoping to make a difference in a youngster’s life.

“Mentor Support Network is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation that assists young students experiencing significant socio-economic difficulties or family challenges,” Ms Hart said.

“We began operations in 2002 and expanded them in 2008 from being a purely mentor support body to delivering financial scholarships for high school pupils entering Year 11 or the final years of their training/vocational studies at local institutions such as TAFE.

“The program has now grown to be the main focus of MSN as it assists bright, capable students achieve their academic goal despite financial or family circumstances.

“So, the support of our sponsors is greatly appreciated – as it will be by the 42 pupils receiving scholarships.

“It is so encouraging to see local companies, clubs, groups, organisations and individuals invest in the future education of young people in the Hunter region.

“Without them, we would not be able to offer valuable support to students who may otherwise miss the opportunity of not finishing their high school studies or training/vocational studies.”

Mentor Support Network is planning to host a major ceremony in May to present the 2023 Educational Scholarship certificates to the recipients.

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