Founded seven years ago, the Winchester Foundation has helped more than 200 Queenslanders with their education expenses through its scholarship program.

Story Ken Eastwood   Photo Paula Heelan

Started by cattle woman Beryl Neilson, of Winchester Downs in Moranbah in central Queensland, the Winchester Foundation aims to make sure everyone has access to education – especially rural people from financially stressed backgrounds. To date, the foundation has provided 201 scholarships, with 127 recipients this year alone – 85 of whom, like Zak, have received a scholarship for multiple years. About one-third of the scholarships are currently for tertiary education, and the rest for children in boarding school, from years 6 to 12.

“Whether it be the effects of drought, low commodity prices, floods, distance or other pressures, the costs involved in educating children living away from home can be prohibitive,” Beryl says. 

This story excerpt is from Issue #119

Outback Magazine: June/July 2018