SUNRAYSIA Mallee Ethnic Communities Council and the Seymour family have presented their first Emily Seymour Memorial Scholarship to local student Georgie Martin, for her extensive contributions to the community.

Created in memory Mildura woman Emily Seymour, who tragically died in car crash in 2020, the $1000 scholarship is presented to a tertiary student involved in community service work.

SMECC chair Ian Japp said the scholarship was created to honour Ms Seymour, who contributed to the Sunraysia community.

“Emily Seymour spent a fair bit of time with SMECC and had a big impression on the staff with her attitude her devotion to community service and her bubbly personality,” he said.

Mr Japp said Ms Martin, currently pursuing a degree in environmental science, was selected for this scholarship by SMECC and the Seymour family due to her significant community service.

He said this included donations to Thailand for flood relief, helping at the pound and volunteering at a local preschool.

“She displayed a fairly impressive application which outlined her voluntary roles, her desire to assist people in need and where she is going with her education,” he said.

“She is going to be studying online through Charles Sturt, in fact she was off to do some exams in Albury and her car had broken down, so she will use some of the money to get her there.”

Mr Japp said it was important to “support people who were getting into community service roles”.

“I think it is important that we encourage and reward people who have a passion for giving back.”

Mr Japp said they would look to give out the scholarship annually with the application period running from December to March.


By: Jack Evans

Sunraysia Daily, APRIL 14 2023

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