Scholarship sets student on road to dreams
A St Luke’s College graduate has received a $20,000 scholarship from Yara Pilbara to help him achieve his dream to work in Silicon Valley some day.
Jayank Senger, 17, was selected for the scholarship to undertake a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Engineering after recording an ATAR of 99.65.
Jayank said while he was not yet set on any specific line of engineering, he had a strong interest in computing and mechatronics.
“I have always been captivated by the idea of how different things work around us, making me dive deeper into the reasoning behind them,” he said. “(The scholarship) is really going to help my family financially and help give me a boost.”
Jayank said he was looking forward to following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as an engineer.
St Luke’s principal Alanna Otway said she had rarely seen a student more dedicated to his interests, recalling memories of Jayank studying maths at 2am during a school camp.
“I think it a testament to his hard work that he was ranked number one in the State for his specialist maths course,” she said.
Mrs Otway said it was nice for Jayank’s hard work to be recognised.
Yara Pilbara integration manager Paul Stevens said encouraging local students to pursue their career aspirations was rewarding.
“We were very impressed by Jayank and his school referees highlighted his sense of purpose, leadership and problemsolving skills,” he said.
“If we can assist our young people with achieving their dreams, then that is something we can be proud of.”
Mr Stevens said being part of a community meant taking an active role in lending support.
The scholarship recipient was chosen based on school performance and potential to succeed in tertiary studies by Mr Stevens and Yara Pilbara’s technical ammonium nitrate production manager Matt Callanan.
Jayank Singh Senger, centre, with St Luke’s College principal Alanna Otway and Yara Pilbara integration manager Rob Stevens.