Thursday, November 23, 2023


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Local Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

A dedicated student from Mackay State High School was announced as the recipient of the 2024 Hill Family Scholarship this week, in honour of his great dedication to his academic achievements.

The Hill Family Scholarship provides vital financial support of $5,000 to one deserving student each year, who is embarking on their tertiary education journey within the fields of law, accounting, or commerce.

Year 12 Mackay State High School student Ned Gething won the 2024 scholarship, the accolade showcasing the young student’s leadership qualities, academic achievements and passionate commitment to pursuing a career in law.

“Access to the Hill Family Scholarship means I can place a greater focus on my studies, rather than worrying about where the money for textbooks or costs of living away from home might come from,” Ned stated.

“I’m excited to pursue this next chapter of my education and so grateful for the support a scholarship like this can provide to myself and my family,” he added.

The Hill Family Scholarship was established in 2021 by Mackay State High School alumni Karl and Sarah Hill and is a testament to their commitment of providing opportunities for regional youth.

The scholarship aims to alleviate the financial burdens associated with pursuing higher education, including living out of home costs, textbooks, equipment and travel.

As the Founder and Director of Results Legal, one of Queensland’s foremost specialist commercial litigation firms, Karl believes in the power of education and that students in regional areas should have equal opportunities to pursue their dream careers.

“We created the Hill Family Scholarship to ensure talented regional students do not get left behind from attending university due to financial constraints,” Mr. Hill said.

“From personal experience, we understand the unique challenges faced by students in regional areas aspiring to build careers in law, commerce and business. The financial hurdles of moving to a new city, securing accommodation, and adapting to a different environment can be daunting for young students out of home for the first time,” he said.

Previous Hill Family Scholarship recipient and Mackay State High School graduate, Pushti Shah, has just completed her second year of a Law degree at Griffith University in Brisbane and knows the challenges of leaving a regional centre to study in the city.

“Moving away for university was scary and a steep learning curve at first, but the support I received from the Hill Family Scholarship made it so much easier.

“Karl has also been a valuable mentor to really open the door for me within the law profession,” she said.

The Hill Family Scholarship supports creating opportunities that have a lasting and meaningful impact in the future.

Founder and Director of Results Legal Karl Hill, Year 12 scholarship award recipient Ned Gething and previous recipient Pushti Shah

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