The two Province 20 Catenian youth programs, the Youth Support Fund and the Catenian Charity Inc have both announced university scholarships for 2018.
In the decade since its formation, the Youth Support Fund has made grants, scholarships and bursaries totaling more than $70,000 – helping young people develop their faith and assisting others pursue tertiary education.
Now, the newly formed Catenian Charity has awarded its first scholarship since inception in 2017.
Anna Bakogianis, a student at the Fremantle campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia, has been selected to receive the 2018 Catenian Youth Fund scholarship valued at $4,000.
Anna is enrolled in the final year of a medical degree in the School of Medicine, entering her seventh consecutive year of tertiary education.
Born in Victoria, Anna now resides at St Mary’s College, which is affiliated with Notre Dame.
She was invited to enroll at Notre Dame in 2015 and in 2017 she received the Dean of Medicine commendation for outstanding performance in her three years of medical studies.
In February 2017, she received a gap scholarship from Fremantle Heart Patients Support Inc and in that year worked as a student at the Broome hospital.
Anna indicated that she will use the Catenian Youth Fund scholarship to help with her basic living needs.
“I am exceptionally grateful to all members of the Catenian Association in Western Australia for awarding me this scholarship. Your generosity means a great deal to me and has alleviated the burden of financial stress.”
After her final exams in November, Anna is required to complete a four-week elective and has been accepted by St Thomas Hospital London to train in the Intensive Care Unit.
Ashleigh Habkouk is congratulated and welcomed as the inaugural recipient of the Catenian Charity Inc scholarship of $5,000 per annum for the duration of her studies towards a degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle campus.
Ashleigh completed her secondary education at Mt St Benedict College Pennant Hills in New South Wales in 2015, moving some 4,000 kilometres from home to achieve her dream of becoming a medical practitioner.
“Medicine is my vocation,” Ashleigh writes, “and coming to Notre Dame was my calling. I truly love it here because it embodies the Catholic morale and faith that I have instilled within me.”