Several TAFE students from the Maitland area have been given a financial boost to help them achieve their study goals.
Macayla Conners and Anna Bailey, both of Aberglasslyn, and Caroline Ball of Metford were awarded $500 scholarships from the Hunter TAFE Foundation.
Established in 2000, the Hunter TAFE Foundation is a charitable organisation that works with business, education and community leaders to support TAFE students.
Ms Conners is studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Scone, Ms Bailey is enrolled in a Certificate III in Travel at Hamilton and Ms Ball is undertaking a Diploma of Nursing at Newcastle.
They were three of 23 students recognised in the semester 1 awards and scholarships at Kurri Kurri TAFE on Wednesday.
Hunter TAFE Foundation president Gary Webb said the foundation had contributed significant financial assistance to assist local students with their studies over the past 20 years.
"We have made the vocational pathway easier for hundreds of people," he said. "Many are now key participants in our local workforce, contributing great value to our local economy.
"I would like to thank our donors who have generously contributed over the years.
"Together we are making a tremendously valuable contribution to the lives of many who strive towards career success."
The list of winners
Bean Counters Higher Education Scholarship (valued at $2,400)
Leandro Bertero, Lakelands - Diploma of Applied Commerce at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Mining Electrical and Mining Mechanical Engineering SocietyScholarship (valued at $2,000 each)
Krystal Hickey, Paxton - TAFE NSW Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology at TAFE NSW Muswellbrook
Oliver Davidson, Mount Hutton - TAFE NSW Certificate III in Electrotechnology at TAFE NSW Glendale
Sonia Walkom Memorial Scholarship (valued at $1,500)
Leon Ryder, Mayfield - Certificate IV in Property Management Services at TAFE NSW Newcastle
City of Newcastle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship (valued at $500)
Lynelle Elliott, Woy Woy - Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Study Assistance Scholarships (valued at $500 each)
Caroline Ball, Metford - Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Megan Burley, Waratah - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Macayla Conners, Aberglasslyn - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW Scone
Alexandra Pearce, Kurri Kurri - Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Michelle Schlig, Niagara Park - Certificate IV in Laboratory Technologies at TAFE NSW Ourimbah
Zonta Club of Hunter Newcastle Scholarship (valued at $500)
Jennifer Eze, Maryland - Certificate IV in Ageing Support at TAFE NSW Glendale
Bean Counters Achievement Award (valued at $500)
Renda Mruwey, Waratah - Certificate IV in Accounting or Bookkeeping at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Foundation Encouragement Award (valued at $500 each)
Amina Bi, San Remo - Diploma of Community Services at TAFE NSW Ourimbah
Nicole Ramsay, Adamstown Heights - Certificate IV in Marketing and Communications at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Anna Bailey, Aberglasslyn - Certificate III in Travel from TAFE NSW Hamilton
Ellen Starrett, Merewether - Diploma of Marketing and Communications at TAFE NSW Hamilton
Chantelle Thomas, Morriset - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation at TAFE NSW Wyong
Isobel Heffernan, Hamlyn Terrace - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation at TAFE NSW Wyong
Brenna Smith, Bolton Point - Diploma of Marketing and Communications at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Ashlee Vernon, The Entrance North - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation at TAFE NSW Wyong
Lily Rees, Islington - Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Bianca Racsits, Caves Beach - Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Newcastle
Jye Fawaz, Wattanobbi - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation at TAFE NSW Wyong