The Glen Innes Masonic Lodge awarded one of only two state scholarships to a Glen Innes High school student last week.
The grand lodge scholarship scheme awards a cash donation to only two students in NSW each year and Jacinta Donaldson-James was one of those lucky recipients after her submission impressed the masonic judges.
Local Masonic lodge representative Colin Lute said Miss Donaldson-James was a very worthy recipient of the scholarship.
“Her submission really impressed the judges and we only give one to a boy and one to girl so it is a big deal for Jacinta to get this scholarship,” he said.
“The money will help her to improve her future studies and it is given to people who have a need for financial assistance and can display excellent academic potential.
“I hope the money will help her with her studies, she is really keen on making progress in the world and we will follow her results closely.”
Miss Donaldson-James said she will use the money to go towards school supplies and hopes the extra assistance will help her get into university.
“Hopefully I will get better scores for the rest of high school because I’ll have better products to use such as extra text books and the like,” she said.
“Scholarships like this are very important because some students do not have the money available to them to get the things they need to advance their studies, and I am one of those students.
“I want to go to university and become a marine biologist, so I am very grateful to the Masons for this scholarship.”
School Principal Shelly Way said the school is very proud that Jacinta is the only female in the state to receive the scholarship.
“Awards like this are very important because we have many students who are in need of that little bit of extra help that something like this gives,” she said.
“This scholarship will encourage Jacinta to maintain her education and get better outcomes from her Higher School Certificate and this is such a wonderful gift to help one of our students and her family achieve those goals.”