Young changemakers scoop VSV’s Margaret Jessie Black Trust Awards


Three inspiring young people were recently awarded Virtual School Victoria’s (VSV) annual Margaret Jessie Black Trust Awards.

Angie, who just completed Year 12, was awarded the Community grant.

Angie will develop a gardening program with her grant money to help others

Angie volunteers with a disability organisation that helps clients access programs such as drama, art and cooking classes. She organises engaging activities and assists participants with communication support and physical support. Angie will use the grant to start a new gardening program geared towards fostering a love and respect for the environment, social interaction, better mental health and improved physical activity. She is planning on creating a small garden that builds up to a community garden. The grant will be used to purchase planter boxes, seeds, gloves, trowels and other gardening equipment.

Ciara, a 16-year-old Aboriginal student from the Mutthi Mutthi people of the Wiradjuri lands, received the Equity award. She lives in a remote location near the Victorian – New South Wales border.

Ciara lives in a remote area and will buy a new laptop to help her with her studies. She wants to become a lawyer.

Described by her Psychology teacher as “showing great perseverance and dedication to her studies”, Ciara will use the grant to purchase a new laptop to complete her secondary schooling. She is aiming high and wants to achieve the best possible ATAR score so she can pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Ciara wants to achieve her best ATAR to become a lawyer.

The Cultural grant was awarded to Bushra, who recently graduated from VSV. A highly motivated student, Bushra has demonstrated academic excellence in all of her subjects during her two years at VSV. She was awarded an Academic Excellence Award for Year 12 Psychology and Year 11 Business Management in 2021.

Bushra has a love for learning and lives the VSV value of collaboration. She would like to become a neuroscientist and will use the grant to buy university textbooks.

Virtual School Victoria wishes all three of these inspiring young people a huge congratulations and continued success in positively impacting the world.

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