BROAD HORIZONS: Kodi Twiner, 24, of Lismore, and Sara Khamkoed, 29 of The Channon, have both received scholarships to study overseas.
BROAD HORIZONS: Kodi Twiner, 24, of Lismore, and Sara Khamkoed, 29 of The Channon, have both received scholarships to study overseas. Marc Stapelberg

Two Lismore students win prestigious $60,000 scholarships

WHEN you’re competing to win a $60,000 scholarship it’s hard to believe two people from Lismore, attending the same university, in the same discipline would be successful.

Southern Cross University students Kodi Twiner and Sara Khamkoed will jetset to different Indo Pacific countries for up to 17 months in December as part of the New Colombo Plan scholarship.

The scholarship, offered annually to 100 top-performing university students from around Australia, pays for expenses to live, study and complete internships in Indo Pacific countries.

Mrs Khamkoed, who is studying education and visual arts, will complete her scholarship in Thailand.

“I’m so interested in Thailand and Thai culture, and it’s the perfect way to connect with that country and build opportunities for the future,” she said.

“My family is coming with me - my husband is Thai so it should be a fairly easy transition for us to make.

Contemporary music student, Ms Twiner, will be travelling to Indonesia.

“I’ve worked in and out of rural communities in Indonesia for the past five years and I was part of the film crew who made the documentary called The Rise of the Eco Warriers (in Borneo),” she said.

“Since then I’ve been running eco tours for Australians and other travellers to travel to that community and support their sustainability projects.”

Ms Twiner will complete the scholarship as part of her honours project.

She hopes to travel to remote areas with a small team to record traditional music and sample them into contemporary fusion pieces.

As part of Mrs Khamkoed’s residency in Thailand she will be writing and illustrating a children’s book, published in Thai and English.

“My son, being Thai Australian, I’ve always looked for books that have stories about Thai culture in them,” she said.

“It’s so hard to find children’s books set in Thailand ... I think there needs to be more and that’s why I’m going to write one.”

Nominations for the next round of New Colombo Plan scholarships opens in July.

Students must first be nominated by their University before they can apply.

For more information visit www.dfat.gov.au, click on People-to-people along the top navigation bar, and select New Colombo Plan from the drop down menu.



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