Two Parkes Shire students have been given a helping hand to embark on tertiary education in 2019, by being awarded Jack Scoble Educational Scholarships.

Riley Crocker and Georgia Goodrick were presented with the scholarships at a special presentation in Council Chambers.

The Jack Scoble Educational Scholarship provides support for students who completed the Higher School Certificate at a school within the Parkes Shire and are undertaking their first year of full-time university studies in 2019.

Riley, a former Red Bend student, will undertake a degree in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Newcastle. Riley hopes to be able to contribute to scientific research and understanding that will benefit the wider rural community.  His particular interest is the development of new technologies that will address the impact of Climate Change on rural communities.

Georgia, recently graduated student of Parkes High School, was accepted into a Bachelor of Paramedicine at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Sydney Campus.  Georgia expressed her passion for understanding how the human body works and wanting to be able to respond in emergencies to assist people particularly in rural areas who are often without the level of care needed.

The selection panel, all agreed that the process was not easy with the high calibre of applicants.

Parkes Shire Councillor Bill Jayet said, "We had eleven outstanding applicants this year of which our panel chose to interview five.”

"Parkes Shire Council is delighted to support lifelong learning by helping to kick start what will no doubt be outstanding careers for this year's scholarship recipients, Riley and Georgia."

During its eleven year history, the Jack Scoble Education Scholarships have provided financial assistance to students to the value of $85,000 between 2006 and 2019.

Previous recipients have used the scholarship to fund new laptops, for the purchase of textbooks, and to assist with accommodation expenses.

Parkes Shire Council, supported by Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society, award the scholarships as a meaningful way to recognise the late Mr Scoble (MBE, OAM). Mayor of Parkes from 1966 to 1979, Jack Scoble died in 2003 and left a profound legacy of community involvement, civic pride, leadership and high personal values.