College Student Dylan Mason Recognizes Importance of Hastings Education Fund | Port Macquarie News


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The Hastings Education Fund has been invaluable as Dylan Mason studies at the University of Sydney. Mr. Mason received his first Hastings Education Fund grant in 2019 after graduating the previous year from St Joseph’s Regional College. The grant helped pay for the costs of accommodation on the University of Sydney campus, textbooks and two field trips. Then came a Lewis Land Group Permanent Scholarship through the Hastings Education Fund that covered the bail when Mr. Mason moved off campus and helped cover living expenses. “It was also very helpful when the pandemic hit and I stopped working because everything stopped,” he said. The Hastings Education Fund provides financial assistance and support to help young people achieve their post-secondary education, training and career aspirations. Find out more: Mr Mason said that in addition to financial support, it was helpful to tap into the knowledge of the Hastings Education Fund members and the opportunity to meet business leaders in the community. The motto of the Hastings Education Fund is Dream, Believe, Achieve. Mr. Mason was among those who attended the Hastings Education Fund’s Annual Presentation and 10 Years Celebration at Cassegrain Wines in late 2021. The celebration reflected the history and accomplishments of the Hastings Education Fund and featured beginning students . Mr. Mason is in his final year of a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation), specializing in wildlife conservation and evolutionary biology. Interest in the environment dates back to Mr. Mason’s childhood in Rollands Plains. “I would always go out camping with friends and explore the bush, and throughout high school I became interested in environmental science and biology,” he said. Mr. Mason helped out as a volunteer with a Landcare group at Rollands Plains and is now involved with Bushcare in Sydney as a practical application of his university studies. “I love going out into the bush and realizing that I want to protect these areas, not just for myself, but for others,” he said. Mr. Mason, who has developed an interest in bushfire ecology and arid environments, is considering a career as an environmental consultant or field ecologist for the National Parks and Wildlife Service. But his year of honor comes first with a project examining the impact of drought and bushfires on an endangered eucalyptus community near Gunnedah. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Bookmark our website Make sure you’re signed up for our last minute and regular newsletters You can support us with a subscription Follow us on Twitter: @portmacnews Follow us on Instagram: @portmacnews Follow us on Google News




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