Walk­ing­ton Award opens

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the an­nual Walk­ing­ton Award, a pres­ti­gious grant prize en­cour­ag­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The award com­mem­o­rates the ser­vice of the late Dr Al Walk­ing­ton, Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor of the Kar­ratha Col­lege (Pil­bara In­sti­tute) by pro­vid­ing a $5000 con­tri­bu­tion to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion ex­penses.

The prize re­wards a lo­cal stu­dent who has achieved aca­demic ex­cel­lence while con­tribut­ing ex­ten­sively to the lo­cal com­mu­nity with a goal to con­tinue stud­ies at a recog­nised ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the Walk­ing­ton Award was a sig­nif­i­cant prize that all el­i­gi­ble stu­dents should strive for.

“This is the 31st year the Walk­ing­ton Award will recog­nise a fan­tas­tic and de­serv­ing stu­dent who has not only ex­celled aca­dem­i­cally but also con­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity through sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment out­side of school­ing life,” he said.

“I would en­cour­age all el­i­gi­ble young peo­ple in the City of Kar­ratha to put their best foot for­ward and show­case their achieve­ments in school and the wider com­mu­nity by ap­ply­ing for this award.

“Not only is there a sig­nif­i­cant mon­e­tary prize avail­able but it is also a great chance to take stock of your achieve­ments be­fore mov­ing into the next phase of study.”

In 2014 St Luke’s Col­lege head boy Wayne Zac­cheus was the re­cip­i­ent of this pres­ti­gious award.

The Walk­ing­ton Award is open to full or part-time stu­dents aged 16-25, who ei­ther re­side or whose par­ents re­side in the City of Kar­ratha.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for 2015 close on Fri­day, Septem­ber 25 at 4pm.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be down­loaded at www.kar­ratha.wa.gov.au/ walk­ing­ton-award.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Mayor Peter Long with St Luke’s Col­lege head boy Wayne Zac­cheus, who was awarded the Walk­ing­ton Award on its 30th an­niver­sary.

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