A scholarship made in heaven

Left: Xerox Shop scholarship winner Amy Cole with Xerox Shops operations manager, Brian Neale.Right: Carly Bindon with her parents Tony and Ruth, and Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark (far right). The 18-year-old from Lennox Head won one of three Vice-Chancellor scholarships to study naturopathy at Southern Cross University after scoring a UAI of 97.9 per cent in her HSC. Carly receives $15,000 over three years.

Lismore Xerox Shop owner Roy Haughton was always an avid supporter of Southern Cross University, providing scholarships for students who wanted to study information technology.

However, Roy was so moved by the care that student nurses gave him while he battled cancer in Lismore Base Hospital that his dying wish was to give something back to the people who had been there for him during such a difficult time. After his death, his wife and Xerox shop co-owner Judy Haughton made sure that wish came true by swapping the Xerox scholarship from IT to nursing.

Amy Cole is the very first nursing student to win one of the scholarships. She was among 23 students presented with Vice-Chancellor and industry scholarships in a special presentation at Invercauld House on Friday.

Eighteen-year-old Amy, from Casino, said she was very surprised to win the $15,000 scholarship, which she will use to complete her three-year Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Amy was the seventh person to be offered the scholarship after six other students were unable to accept the scholarship for various reasons.

Xerox Shop operations manager Brian Neale said perhaps it was divine intervention.

Amy was meant to get it, he said.

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