Port Macquarie’s Taj Eliott awarded 2024 VERTO – CEF indigenous scholarship

VERTO Chief Executive, Ron Maxwell, has today announced electrotechnology apprentice, Taj Eliott, as the worthy recipient of a $2,000 Indigenous scholarship in collaboration with the Country Education Foundation of Australia.

The funding was made available to acknowledge and celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) with Mr Eliott announcing he will utilise the funds to purchase tools needed for his trade.

“I feel privileged to be announced as the recipient of this funding and I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to further my trade,” Mr Eliott said.

“I’d like to thank VERTO, the Country Education Foundation and my teacher Mark O'Brian for encouraging me to apply for this scholarship.”

Along with his studies at Port Macquarie TAFE, Mr Elliot has displayed dedication and entrepreneurship by opening his own garden maintenance business to support himself while studying. His business now employs five of his friends to work on weekends and after school.

Mr Maxwell credited the Country Education Foundation for their tireless efforts to support rural and regional students to complete further education and training.

“The Country Education Foundation’s work truly reflects the values that VERTO prides itself on, positively transforming the lives of individuals, families and communities,” Mr Maxwell said.

“On behalf of everyone at VERTO, I would like to extend our congratulations to Taj. His hard work, dedication and ambition is admirable. We are incredibly proud to support him on his journey.”

Country Education Foundation Chief Executive, Wendy Mason, thanked VERTO for their support in their mission to make a difference for regional and rural students.

“Working alongside VERTO has been an excellent partnership that has made a real difference for students undertaking training and education,” Ms Mason said.

“We are incredibly excited to recognise the inspiring efforts of young people such as Taj in promoting educational success within the communities we serve.”