The exceptional achievements of University of Newcastle (UON) Central Coast and Hunter TAFE students will be recognised and celebrated at the annual scholarship and awards night on Tuesday 28 July.


Among the recipients is UON Central Coast nursing student Michelle Reilly who will be awarded the Edith and Joseph McBride Scholarship in Nursing; and Hunter TAFE Early Childhood and Care student Ryan Mason who was selected to receive the Kindergarten Union Scholarship for excellence in childcare.


The Awards’ event highlights the strong links UON Central Coast and Hunter TAFE have established with the community, business and industry across the region to enhance higher education opportunities.

UON Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the scholarships offer valuable support to the recipients and the generosity of donors is highly appreciated. The scholarships showcase how UON is working with the Central Coast community to meet the growing need for professionals in the region.

“UON Central Coast will continue to work with business, industry and the community to ensure the wide range of programs offered at the UON Central Coast Campus meet our students’ needs, and create work-ready graduates to support the regional economy,” Professor Parfitt said.

“Our students have high ambitions to put something back into the Central Coast community. Many of the graduates of our nursing program enjoy great careers with the Central Coast Local Health District as skilled healthcare practitioners.”

Hunter TAFE CEO, Christine Warrington, said the event recognised students’ achievements and the impact strong community and business partnerships can have to enable greater pathways to education for all people no matter their background.

“Education is a wonderful tool that has the power to transform lives,” said Ms Warrington.

“This event is a fantastic way for Hunter TAFE to acknowledge, celebrate and reward the success of our extraordinary students studying here on the Central Coast,” she said.

“The support provided by a scholarship can help make a positive difference to the growth, development and the future employment outcomes of our students at Hunter TAFE. The donations from individuals, businesses and community organisations that support these scholarships are invaluable.”

The awards night is a celebration of education excellence on the Central Coast and receives strong support from the local community and businesses. Delta Electricity has been a major sponsor since 2001 and funds more than 60 scholarships for local students.


UON student profile: Michelle Reilly is the recipient of the Edith and Joseph McBride Scholarship in Nursing. Michelle is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing at UON Central Coast.

Michelle is the first in her family to undertake university studies and has returned to the Central Coast to study nursing after travelling the world. Shaped by her travel experiences, which included both developed and developing countries, Michelle has a long-term vision of working as in healthcare for an international aid organisation.


Hunter TAFE student profile: Ryan Mason is the recipient of theKindergarten Union Scholarship in Childcare. Ryan is currently enrolled in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care at Hunter TAFE’s Ourimbah campus.

Ryan’s initial interest in childcare started when his younger sister was born with a rare chromosome disorder, ‘1q44r deletion’. 12 years her senior, Ryan had a large involvement in her childhood. He started his journey through the Hunter TAFE Taste of Children’s Services outreach program, and since has progressed through the Certificate III to the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Ryan was selected to receive the scholarship for his commitment and dedication to his studies and upon completion will progress into the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth – 5) at Hunter TAFE.