A young mother's struggle to become an enrolled nurse has been eased by the generosity of a financial institution in Dubbo.
Narromine's Krystal Brassington is one of five TAFE Western Dubbo College students to each receive a $1000 scholarship from Macquarie Credit Union.
Currently studying for a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Ms Brassington said the scholarship would make a "huge difference".
"This scholarship will assist me with the cost of travelling to and from TAFE and also childcare fees while I study," she said.
"I have given up days of work to allow me to attend TAFE three days a week.
"Financially it means we have had to sacrifice a lot, but I love the nursing course and it's something that I'm very keen to pursue.
"Like all of the recipients, I want to thank Macquarie Credit Union for their generous support and TAFE Western for their ongoing help and support."
Macquarie Credit Union deputy general manager Leanne Bourne presented the scholarships to the TAFE students.
"It gives Macquarie Credit Union a great sense of pride and community supporting these fantastic students in their education and training journey," she said.
The other scholarship recipients are certificate IV community services student Karen Allen, certificate III community services student Grace Everingham, certificate III early childhood education and care student Sukhvinder Kaur and Shantelle Mayne, who is enrolled in both a certificate IV in community services and certificate III in business administration (medical).
Macquarie Credit Union general manager Matthew Bow insists that "a good education is paramount in today's society".
"We are very excited to partner with TAFE Western to help change lives by allowing students to complete their studies and achieve success in their chosen careers," he said.
Information about the scholarship program can be found at tafewestern.libguides.com/ studenthub.