The legacy of one woman who dedicated her life to helping the Brimbank community, particularly supporting young women access higher education, has been honoured with the creation of the Bronwen Merrigan Scholarship.

    Duke Street Community House launched the scholarship program this week to support young women living, working or studying in the Brimbank and Maribyrnong communities reach their Early Childhood or Community Services educational and career goals.

    Duke Street Community House Manager Lana Bedford said Bronwen was a well-known and respected leader in our community, whose dedication to creating pathways to Early Years and Adult Learning programs, helped hundreds of people, particularly those from vulnerable, disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds.

    “Bronwen was a passionate advocate for accessible, quality education for all and this scholarship has been created to honour her and her lifelong commitment to helping people in our community,” Ms Bedford said.

    Bronwen Merrigan was the Manager of Duke Street Community house for 20 years from 1995 – 2015 and sadly passed away in 2019 after a heroic fight against cancer.

    The Bronwen Merrigan Scholarship comprises a $3,000 grant and mentoring program to give young women assistance to pay for things like course fees, computers, and tools and equipment. The recipient will also be matched with a mentor in their field of study who will support them, share knowledge and provide guidance as they enter the Early Learning or Community Services professions.

    Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2020 and more information is available by emailing or phoning (03) 9311 9973.

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