The Year 11 student is one of nine Prairiewood High School pupils students with specific educational needs or talents awarded Public Education Foundation and NSW Youth Housing scholarships.
“I find the information very hard to recognise so my results are not what I have been used to,” Atoosa, who received The Friends of Zainab Scholarship, said.
“The scholarship is helping me to hire a physics tutor who teaches me in a small group so I can keep up and a maths teacher who teaches only me at my pace.”
Atoosa would like to study medicine at university and become a brain surgeon.
Lauren Canta was told to start packing her bags for Italy, after receiving The Mamma Lena and Dino Gustin Foundation Scholarship.
The Year 11 student will travel to Rome in December for a six-week intensive Italian language course through EF International.
“Learning Italian at school is really difficult because I’m learning it via correspondence,” Lauren said.
“I can speak it a little bit but going to Italy is going to help a lot with my HSC.”
The scholarships will provide life changing experiences for young people in public education.
Without the extra help, the students may struggle to reach their full potential.
“We have many students of low socio-economic backgrounds which lessen their ability to be competitive in Australian society on many levels,” student mentor and teacher Denise Smith said.
“The scholarships acknowledge the extent to which the students are prepared to strive and give them a chance.”
■ Medical: Jarita Lay and Anne Chung
■ Pinpoint: Vanessa Tran
■ Refugee: Atoosa Nooralizadeh Asl
■ Italy: Lauren Canta
■ NSW Youth Housing: Ayisha Ali, Landon Cao, Dean Vassalli and Jacob Scott
Fairfield Advance - June 21, 2014.