Three high-performing University of Wollongong students will share in $25,000 worth of scholarships provided by Shellharbour City Council.
Hannah Schymitzek and Tea Rundback each received a Integrated Learning Scholarship valued at $10,000.
Hannah will use the scholarship to undertake a review of how council's operational work teams currently function, while Tea will develop a Performance Management Toolkit for managers and supervisors.
Caitlin Vickers is the first ever $5000 Shellharbour City Council Community Scholarship recipient.
This scholarship recognises and rewards contributions to the local community.
Caitlin is a UOW Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies student who is currently undertaking a Business Management Cadetship at the university.
She has demonstrated strong community involvement through her passions of education and gender equality in the area.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said she was delighted that the council was able to ease the financial burden faced by students.
Cr Saliba was particularly thrilled to award the Shellharbour City Council Community Scholarship, adding recipient Caitlin Vickers, demonstrated maturity and vision beyond her years.
"This is the first time Council has awarded this particular scholarship. Caitlin's contribution to her community is remarkable. She is a wonderful example not only to our city's young people, but to everyone in the community," she said.
Caitlin, who was born in Shellharbour hospital and went to Lake Illawarra High School, thanked Council for the scholarship.
She has undertaken significant volunteer work as a mentor with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), which sees Caitlin travel to high schools in the region to tutor Indigenous students in subjects in which they are experiencing difficulties.
Caitlin also volunteers with the Shero Program, part of the charity group Share the Dignity, which support homeless women and victims of domestic violence.
She also collects and packs donations from Bunnings Shellharbour.
"I want to use this scholarship to develop my social awareness projects within Shellharbour City," Caitlin said.
Mayor Saliba thanked UOW for its collaboration with the council.
"As we know, university study can be extremely costly. I was so pleased to present these scholarships to such deserving recipients," she said.
"They are extremely accomplished young women and I am so proud that our region is producing such talented young people."