Local Orange students to benefit from Country Education Foundation grant

The Country Education Foundation of Orange has received a $5,000 grant which will assist three Orange students to transition from school to university, TAFE or work-related training.

The grant was provided by Domino’s registered charity Give for Good and the local Domino’s Orange store in a bid to support young people in the community seeking post-school education.

Country Education Foundation CEO Wendy Cohen said the grant will assist students with the costs of textbooks, travel, computers, equipment and rent.

“We are committed to closing the education participation gap that exists between city and country students and unlocking the potential of rural and regional youth.

“Young students in regional areas like Orange are 10 per cent less likely to aspire to higher education than their city counterparts; and only one third of Australians in rural and regional areas hold a degree or high-level VET qualification.

“Students from regional areas are also more than twice as likely to report financial stresses as a result of post-school educations costs.  

“Through this grant, we hope to raise the aspirations of local students and ease the financial burden for them and their families.”

Domino’s Orange franchisee Peter Knight said better access to education in rural communities is absolutely essential.

“We are really proud to get behind the Country Education Foundation and support these local students to transition to post-school education,” Peter said. 

“The grant has been provided by Domino’s registered charity, Give for Good, which supports education and youth initiatives, leadership and entrepreneurship, rural communities and disaster relief in communities across Australia.

“At Domino’s, we are passionate about education and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, scholars, leaders and creatives.”

The Give for Good Franchisee Grant Program is an initiative that enables Domino’s Australian franchisees to apply for a grant on behalf of registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in their local community of up to $5,000.

Applications will open in July 2019 and close on 31 December 2019 for the 2020 academic year. For more information, visit cef.org.au.

Sophie Cuffe