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11 February, 2021

Aspiring dentist receives $10,000 scholarship

ELIZA Tolley, an Atherton State High School 2020 alumni has been the first recipient of the new Fresh St Market IGA University Scholarship, being awarded $10,000 to go towards her future studies.

By Rhys Thomas

Eliza Tolley receives her $10,000 Fresh St Market IGA University Scholarship. Pictured with Fresh St Market IGA Partnerships Manager Matt Bowles, Offi ce Manager Sophie Irvine, Atherton State High School Principal Tony Whybird and Atherton State High School P&C President Dr Andrew Dennis.

ELIZA Tolley, an Atherton State High School 2020 alumni has been the first recipient of the new Fresh St Market IGA University Scholarship, being awarded $10,000 to go towards her future studies. 

In her last year at ASHS, Miss Tolley decided to apply for the Fresh St Market IGA University Scholarship in the hope that it would help her along with her study of dentistry at JCU Cairns. 

The scholarship provides $10,000 over a span of three years to assist with both the setup and relocation costs of starting university. 

Miss Tolley was ecstatic to win as she did not think that she was going to be awarded the scholarship. 

“I realised that going into the real world is a lot more expensive than I thought it would be,” she said. 

“I thought it would be really helpful to have the scholarship and then I can focus more of my time on studying. 

“The last two years I focused on moving into dentistry, I did work experience leading into university.” 

Fresh St Market IGA owner Mike Shakes was thrilled to give Eliza the news and said he was always looking at ways to support the local community. 

“We’re so grateful of our community and the support they give to our business,” he said. 

“We are always looking at ways to give back. 

“Our aim is that this money will help take some financial pressure away during the first years of university to allow the student to focus on their studies.” 

The scholarship was born out of talks between Mr Shakes and ASHS P&C President Dr. Andrew Dennis. 

“This scholarship will make such a difference to university bound students and their families,” Dr Dennis said. 

“We are incredibly grateful that Fresh St Market IGA is so supportive of our community.” 

The scholarship will continue to support another five students over the next six years and give them a helping hand to get into their university journey. 

After finishing her studies at JCU Miss Tolley aspires to return to the Tablelands and open her own Dentist Clinic.

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