Growing up in Monto, about two hours west of Bundaberg, receiving a bursary meant Mitch Salisbury could continue studying music after the only music teacher in his region left. For the Heelan and Salisbury families, education for their children in an isolated region was always going to come at a greater cost.
Financial support to students from rural and remote areas through bursaries relieves some of these pressures and provides access to a quality education for their sons. The Bush Kids Bursary aims to bring more boys from the bush, like Jack and Mitch, to a home away from home and ensuring access for more regional students to a high-quality education.
Receiving a Bush Kids Bursary, to study and board at Brisbane Boys’ College, has been a life changing experience for Jack. As a family, we are extremely grateful for being awarded this bursary, it has given Jack the opportunity to complete his secondary studies at school rich with academic, sporting, cultural and social opportunities. We would like to thank the bursary donors for their overwhelming generous support for Jack and we look forward to watching him learn and grow within the BBC community.
Graham & Kristy Heelan