Zarni’s scholarship to help others

Inner West Courier

16 February 2018:

NOTHING can hold back 17-year-old Zarni Tun – especially not cerebral palsy.

The inner west resident completed Year 12 at Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay campus and has scored himself a university scholarship through the Public Education Foundation’s Walter and Eliza Hall Trust.

The foundation supports students with disabilities and typically looks for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds who excel academically.

The panel selected Zarni for his academic achievements and his community involvement.

Having dealt with cerebral palsy all his life, the 17-yearold is passionate about change and helping others.

Last year he climbed Mt Kosciusko on crutches, raising $11,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

The Marrickville local is also a passionate musician and nature photographer and regularly rows at the Balmain Rowing Club.

Zarni said he couldn’t believe he had been selected for the scholarship but was so glad he was chosen.

“This money may not cover a whole university degree but it may take some financial pressure off my parents,” Zarni said.

“I was sleeping in bed when mum woke me up and said you need to read this email. She said ‘yes you got it’, it was so amazing I didn’t expect it at all.”

While Zarni would love to pursue music he is leaning towards a career in social work.

“I would really like to help others in the community. Coming from a background with a disability as well, I understand people’s views.

“Helping people is my main goal, that’s what makes me happy, seeing people smile,” Zarni said.

Public Education Foundation executive director, David Hetherington said there had been a record number of applicants for the 2018 scholarships.

“Helping people is my main goal, that’s what makes me happy, seeing people smile,” Zarni said.

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2018-01-17T02:21:43+00:00January 17th, 2018|News, Press Release, Public Education Foundation in the news|
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