Tomago Aluminium once again supported the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program, a program helping local students unlock their future.

The company has been involved with the Scholarship Program since 2013 and this year we joined with 13 other local businesses to help youngsters realise their potential.

Between them the 14 businesses gave a total of $36,000 to the Mayoral Scholarship program, the money shared among 18 students, each receiving scholarship worth $2000 as a financial boost to kickstart their tertiary education programs.

This year’s Tomago Aluminium scholarship recipient, Jahli Magick from Tanilba Bay, has recently started a double degree in chemical engineering and mathematics at the University of Newcastle.

Jahli, 19, a former Hunter River High School student, applied for the scholarship after being told about it by her school’s Careers Advisor.

Jahli is grateful to Tomago Aluminium for the financial support given to her via the scholarship program.

“I used the money to buy a new computer, a laptop, a really good one. I haven’t had a computer since I was 10 and it’s really essential for what I’m doing at uni,” she said.

Incidentally, as well as finding the time to study for two degrees,  Jahli is also shoehorning some extra hours into her days to learn computer programming, a skill she says is essential to her studies.

And while she has no firm plans for her academic future, Jahli says she is leaning heavily towards environmental science.

“I think, in the future, that will become so important to us,” she said.

Thanking the local business community for taking part in the program, Port Stephens Mayor, Councillor Ryan Palmer, said the investment in one scholarship from a local business makes a big difference to a young person starting out on the next stage of their academic journey.

“Whether it’s a year’s worth of text books, a laptop computer or student accommodation, this contribution will go a long way to support local students and encourage lifelong learning,” Cr Palmer said.

“The program has highlighted the remarkable talent and drive to contribute and succeed within the people of Port Stephens and I wish all our recipients the very best in achieving their goals and fulfilling their ambitions,” Cr Palmer added.

Tomago Aluminium HR Advisor Amanda Gill attended the presentation ceremony at the Port Stephens Council Chambers at which Jahli was presented with her scholarship.

TAC has been a strong supporter of the scholarship program for the past eight years.

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