Scholarship dinner to celebrate school leavers achievements

The Graduate Women NSW Central West Branch is pleased to be holding the 2020 Scholarship Dinner on February 8 at the Cowra Services Club with the guest speaker being former Cowra High School student Steffi Gardiner.

Steffi will be remembered by many for her roles in Cowra M&D productions and for being a recipient of a Canberra Area Theatre Award.

Since leaving Cowra High School in 2013 with a brilliant HSC mark, Steffi gained early entry to study Law at ANU, Psychology at UNS and Theatre at UOW.

Naturally, and not unsurprisingly, Steffi chose to follow her love of theatre and take up the offer from UOW, where she immersed herself in her study and directing, as well as acting.

Her continued good marks propelled Steffi into the Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours degree.

Steffi became a Peer Assisted Study Sessions leader in 2018 and was granted her 1st Class Honours degree with the Deans Medal for Law, Humanities and the Arts.

Steffi is now studying a Master of Arts in Cultural Management and hopes to start a PhD in the near future.

She has recently been granted an overseas cultural to Chile to focus on Managing Innovation and in 2018 she spent three months on Youth Drama Scholarship in the UK.

This scholarship is awarded to an "extraordinary young professional who demonstrates, not only excellence in their skills but, also, ambition, industry leadership potential and a keen interest in giving back to their community and profession".

Her address on the night will be "All the Things I would Tell My High School Self" and will be a motivational as well interesting speech.

We are hopeful that many of the Years 11 and 12 students in Cowra and Canowindra will be able to attend to listen to this inspirational young woman who has received many awards in her life and is assured of many more in the future.

Her passion for her chosen career is obvious and is the reason for her great success to date.

The Barbara Wright Post Graduate Memorial Scholarship will also be presented on the night to a Central West student who has been accepted for post graduate studies.

The evening will commence at 6.30pm for 7pm dinner and the cost will be $50 with students being $25.

Two scholarship winners will be announced during the dinner and the GW NSW Central West branch is very appreciative of the Cowra Services Club for its support of the second scholarship.

If you wish to attend, please contact Sally Delaney on 0413 274 472 or email Sally on by January 31st. All profit will be helping the Scholarships for the future.

Applications have already been received but are still open for the two Cowra-Canowindra HSC Scholarships.

Graduate Women Central West Branch and Cowra Services Club are encouraging local female students who have completed their HSC in 2019 at Cowra High, St Raphael's or Canowindra High Schools and live in this area to apply immediately.

Details may be obtained from the GW Central West HSC co-ordinator at

Copies of the CV, school reference, acceptance at a university and ATAR need to accompany the application.

Every enthusiastic female future university student may apply.

This award is not based on academic merit but the applicant who best satisfied the criteria.

Enrolment may be deferred to 2021.

The HSC Scholarship sub-committee of the Central West Branch of Graduate Women look forward to receiving applications from female students who have completed their HSC and are passionate about continuing their education.