Worthy recipients receive assistance through scholarships

July 6, 2015

Emma Ryder, WSM Company Secretary John Williams, Joshua AtkinsonTwo recipients from the Kwinana area have been chosen to receive the 2015 Waste Stream Management Scholarships worth $5000 a year over the length of a three or four year degree.

Waste Stream Management is a Kwinana-based company that wants to assist students in the local area who are experiencing financial barriers to tertiary education.

Health and Physical Education student, Joshua Atkinson and Nursing student, Emma Ryder, are the recipients of this year’s scholarships and both have contributed to their local community.

Joshua from Kwinana said it was his involvement with sporting clubs as he grew up that led to him wanting to study Health and Physical Education at Murdoch. His study combined with his coaching commitments on the weekend make it difficult for Joshua to find a job with suitable hours.

“This year I started volunteering as a local under 10’s cricket coach for the Kwinana Cricket Club,” Joshua said.

“I pursued this role, to give back to the community I love most and to better myself in terms of educating children.

“I also plan on taking a role on the committee next season.”

Joshua completed Murdoch OnTrack program, a free 14-week university preparation course that gives students the study skills they need to succeed at university and automatic entry into an undergraduate degree at Murdoch if successfully completed.

Emma is a single mum with a seven-year-old daughter who has dreams of becoming a scrub nurse. She said the scholarship would solve the financial difficulties of having to pay for university books, after-school care for her daughter and transportation to and from Murdoch.

“I receive a Centrelink payment but after paying rent, bills, day-care and food shopping I am not left with much money,” Emma said.

“The scholarship will help me with my personal goals of becoming a scrub nurse.”

While she is studying Emma plans to contribute to the community by working casually at Rockingham General Hospital as an enrolled nurse. She has also previously volunteered her time to the Australian Navy Cadets and assisted McDonalds and Woolworths with charity events.

Waste Stream Management is a company that specialises in the recycling and disposal of material from the civil construction sector and delivers a comprehensive range of associated services and products. Waste Stream Management has been supporting Murdoch University students since 2012. The total value of their contribution to Murdoch students is $180,000 over five years.

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