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Inaugral Wormald Inclusive Scholarship making a difference in the community 

Education shapes our future, opening pathways for greater opportunity and connecting people in meaningful ways. Wormald recognises that by investing in our youth’s education, we’re also investing in our country’s future and the communities we serve.

As part of its commitment to learning, Wormald’s Victorian branch has joined La Trobe University’s ‘Make The Difference’ campaign, which raises funds to boosting its world-class research and enables more students access to higher education through scholarships, helping  them pursue their dreams and goals.

20-year-old La Trobe student, Sam Istaifo, is the latest scholarship recipient, with Wormald helping to fund a four-year Bachelor of Podiatry degree through its first Wormald Inclusive Scholarship. Identified by La Trobe University as someone who shows talent and commitment to their studies, Sam was also considered because of the challenging circumstances he has encountered in his young life.

Pictured L-R: Paul Barbuto (Wormald), Sam Istaifo (Recipient), Christopher Cooper (Wormald) and Laura Moorfield (La Trobe University)

Sam’s story is one of courage and determination. Fleeing Northern Iraq in 2010, Sam’s family travelled to Australia where they began to rebuild their lives in Melbourne. A dedicated student, Sam was accepted into La Trobe University to begin study in 2022.

“I chose this area of study to honour my parents. Both have medical backgrounds. They had to give up so much for us to build a new life here in Australia,” said Sam.

“This scholarship makes such a difference. It means that I can purchase the special equipment I need for my course. The donor’s belief in my potential has inspired me to work hard and give back to my community in the future. Thank you so much, Wormald.”

Wormald’s contribution to the La Trobe Scholarship Fund is part of the company’s social commitment program, supporting education and fostering exceptional talent.

We look forward to seeing you thrive in your studies, Sam!