Dubbo Charles's Sturt University scholarship recipient Angela Hanigan is using her new found qualifications to help students with disability at Coonamble High.
Ms Hanigan saw the opportunity to fill an educational resource gap at Coonamble High working in the school's support unit, and after having won the Daphne Saxby Taylor Memorial Scholarship she was financially equipped to do so.
Ms Hanigan said the school has limited options to recruit staff to the support unit and moving into the disabilities support role would give her job security.
"I was excited to extend myself by teaching in this area," she said.
"Almost 700,000 women and young girls with disability live in rural and remote Australia. While data on disabilities among First Nations People is limited, it is estimated there are double the rates of disability among them in contrast to non-Indigenous.
"I hope it encourages all those experiencing job uncertainties in these challenging times to seek scholarships like this one for the betterment of themselves and those around them."
Ms Hanigan said multiple factors had contributed to a high staff turnover at Coonamble High School and developing her skills in inclusive education would assist with staff retention.
"With the school's limited resources to recruit and retrain staff, this scholarship couldn't have come at a better time," she said.
"This support has given me the confidence to remain at Coonamble High after my graduation and I hope long into the future."
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