By providing financial assistance through scholarships ParaQuad wants to encourage and assist people with a spinal cord injury.
Studies show that the chance of gaining employment with a spinal cord injury can be up to four times higher if that person has pursued further education or skill. ParaQuad NSW, The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW is committed to encourage fellow Australians with a spinal cord injury to pursue education as well as their personal goals, with the help of generous donors such as The Golden Stave Foundation.
"By providing financial assistance through our scholarships, ParaQuad wants to encourage and assist people with a spinal cord injury, to help make their own life choices and set them on the path to a successful career, in line with their personal aspirations and abilities" said ParaQuad CEO Max Bosotti.
This year ParaQuad awarded 34 scholarships to deserving candidates. ParaQuad's Chairman, Wendy Potter congratulated all scholarship winners on their success. "We've received an overwhelming response to the 2010 scholarships that were keenly contested", said Wendy Potter, "It is absolutely delightful to see such dedication and motivation exhibited by the applicants who are looking forward to continue and complete their education, thereby creating a path to independent living for themselves."
2010 Scholarship winners are: Daphne Wong from Kogarah; Yvonne Xu from Merrylands; Lucy Hutton from Armidale; Benjamin Chalker and Melissa Toyne from Wagga Wagga; Wolfgang Joester from Wyongah; Jarrad Langmead from Yarrawarrah; Christine Farrell from Sawtell; Luke Bailey from Wingham; Donna Potts from Comboyne; John Green from Wingham; Graham Darr from Greystanes; Alex Slechta from Cooks Hill; Caitlin de Wit from Kensington; Benjamin Ackland from Ryde; Rachel Alexander from Canley Vale; Paul Jenkins from Flynn; Jacob Dell from Lennox Heads; Emilie Miller from Bathurst; Jonathan Franklin from Werrington; and Anthony Lloyd from Rockdale.
Melissa Toyne, a scholarship recipient in 2009, says, "Thank you for ParaQuad's scholarship. It is enormous help to me financially and also by way of providing peace of mind. Without the ParaQuad scholarship, I would not have been able to afford to continue my course in Equine studies"
ParaQuad NSW is a not-for-profit member-based association striving to empower people with spinal cord injury to achieve their potential. ParaQuad has provided vital care, support and clinical services to people with spinal cord injuries, their families and carers since 1961.
Facts on Spinal Cord Injuries
It is estimated that around 10,000 people in Australia live with a spinal cord injury
Between 350-400 new injuries are reported each year
After a spinal cord injury, it may take a year or more before the person can leave hospital and return to the community.