CHL Awards $10K in Scholarships to Young Tasmanians

Living in Ravenswood a young athlete and budding football player, Baden is one of the four young people to be awarded with a cash scholarship of $1,750 by Community Housing Ltd (CHL) at their Annual Scholarship presentation ceremony at University of Tasmania Stadium.

In its third year, the flagship CHL Scholarship Program provides a total of $10,500 for scholarships to young adults between 12-18 years of age living in a CHL property in the suburbs of Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly.

To date CHL has handed $21,000 in Scholarships to 6 young adults who are at various stages of their respective field of education.

Launceston born sporting legend and a long standing supporter of the program, World Champion Boxer Daniel Geale was joined by Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney, Brisbane Lions Development Coach Zane Littlejohn, and CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington to meet the successful recipients and their families and jointly presented the certificates.

Billy Aust and Madison Pennicott, were each awarded with $3500 while the remaining was split between Baden Riley and Jamyz Gelston, a promising 15 year old young artist. The successful program aims to enhance the skills and further the social and professional development of the young people with a view to securing employment in the future.

The recipients of the 2017 CHL Tasmania Scholarship Program are:

Billy Aust Ravenswood $3,500 – Education/ Sports
Madison Pennicott Rocherlea $3,500 – Education  
Baden Riley Ravenswood $1,750 – Sports
Jamyz Gelston Rocherlea $1,750 – Arts

Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL said, “The success of the program speaks for itself with support from the government, local community and businesses growing year on year. The program is now self-sustainable with funds raised through a special community fundraiser. It’s wonderful to see the community investing in its future through these young people.”

Baden’s referee Mr Zach Taylor believes this opportunity could be “life changing” for Baden and allow him to pursue his passion for basketball.

“We recognise the financial barriers that can hinder enrolment into study for the disadvantaged and vulnerable young adults and without the monetary support they often miss out on opportunities and stay in the poverty cycle. We are attempting to change that and results are visible.   The kids in these communities have huge potential and aspirations and we want to support them”, says Steve.

Jamyz dream is to become a professional artist one day and believes this scholarship could enable him to get there. “I love it when people enjoy my art and hopefully one day I can make a living out of it.”

Former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting was unable to attend the event but sent his message in a letter, “I’m disappointed that I can’t make it as the Community Housing initiative is close to my heart.

It means a great deal to me to have a continuing involvement in something that is so important for the local northern suburbs community.”

Having grown up in the northern suburbs, Daniel Geale said, “It is great to see CHL’s commitment to investing in kids from suburbs like Rocherlea and Ravenswood and providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

Thanking all the legendary sportsmen for their incredible support to this scholarship initiative, Steve said, “We are grateful to them for taking time out of their busy schedules to come down especially for this ceremony. CHL is proud to have introduced this initiative which is a step closer to fulfilling our mission of creating opportunities and strengthening our local communities”.

Why did CHL introduce the Scholarship Program for these suburbs?

Historically these suburbs are referred to as low socio economic areas in Launceston with a very high unemployment rate with approximately 60 per cent of all residents over the age of 15 being either unemployed or their employment status is unknown.

CHL is attempting to improve this situation and is committed to supporting the long-term community development and social inclusion of these suburbs by providing opportunities to advance education, skills building, employment, and general wellbeing.

Scholarship Program Details:

Other Eligibility criteria:

  • Only for young adults between 12-18 years of age and must reside in the Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly communities in a CHL managed property
  • Scholarship will be paid directly to the registered education, training, sporting or performing arts organisation delivering the study
  • Applicants must not currently be in receipt of another scholarship

What will the Scholarship cover?

  • Education course costs; Incidental study costs
  • Sports or Performing Arts Fees [for a period of 12 months]
  • Equipment needed to support the recipient
  • Travel costs associated with the pursuit nominated in the scholarship application

Applications Community Review Panel

Zac Taylor, Principle – Ravenswood Primary School ,Nettie Burr – Ravenswood Neighbourhood House |Denise Delphin- Northern Suburbs Community Centre, Debra Hills – Max Buchanan Foundation , Scott Cunningham – Newstead College.