Support for Students in Western Sydney

04 January 2021

The University of Notre Dame Australia is pleased to announce that DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club has signed on to support another four scholarships valued at $5000 for students from Western Sydney who are commencing or continuing their studies on the Sydney Campus.

“One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the gift of an education,” says Chairman of DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club, John Munce. “At DOOLEYS we believe every child is entitled to an education and we’re proud to be able to continue supporting a strong Catholic partner like Notre Dame University.”

“A significant number of Notre Dame students come from the western part of Sydney, and not all of those come from wealthy backgrounds and they would struggle without the support of scholarships, which remove some of the financial strain so they can focus on their studies. We are happy to support those students,” says John, who was educated at St Benedict’s school, Broadway, where Notre Dame University stands today.

The inaugural DOOLEYS scholarship recipient, David Daniel, was able to meet John, when he received his scholarship in 2019 and thank the club for the impact the scholarship made on his life. Now in his penultimate year of his law degree, he reflects on what a difference the scholarship made for him during his first year at university. “I decided to apply for the scholarship in hope that I may receive the generous help of the donors to make university life a little easier. I was overwhelmed when I found out my application was successful and I was incredibly grateful for having been given such a privilege and opportunity,” says David.

“I used the scholarship to buy most of my textbooks, which can be very expensive. Luckily, the scholarship also allowed me to buy a new laptop, since my old laptop had broken down the previous year.”

Part of the DOOLEYS commitment to supporting their community aims to promote educational opportunities and address barriers in education, training and employment, acknowledging that without the right tools, it’s more difficult for students achieve their academic goals.

“We occasionally get feedback from students who come to visit the club after they’ve graduated and share their progress and what the scholarship has done for them. It’s nice to see good outcomes,” says John. “Everyone has a story to tell and it’s wonderful knowing these students appreciate the help to buy books, computers and all those things that cost money and that you need to excel at university.”

Applications for the DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Scholarship are now open for 2021. Visit our scholarships page for more information and to download an application form.

Caption: David Daniel and John Munce.


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