Young peo­ple urged to ap­ply for award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Entries for the pres­ti­gious an­nual Walk­ing­ton Award for Kar­ratha stu­dents pur­su­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion have now opened.

The award, named in mem­ory of the late Kar­ratha Col­lege (now North Re­gional TAFE) Foun­da­tion direc­tor Dr Al Walk­ing­ton, and now in its 32nd year, pro­vides a $5000 grant for lo­cal young peo­ple go­ing into ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion to help cover their ex­penses.

It is de­signed to recog­nise both aca­demic achieve­ment and com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion and is open to stu­dents aged 16-25 who live in, or whose par­ents live in, the city area.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the Walk­ing­ton Award was an ex­cit­ing prize for any lo­cal young per­son in­ter­ested in study­ing at a ter­tiary level to as­pire to.

“The Walk­ing­ton Award recog­nises a de­serv­ing stu­dent who has ex­celled aca­dem­i­cally while con­tribut­ing ex­ten­sively to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and I would en­cour­age all el­i­gi­ble young peo­ple to se­ri­ously con­sider ap­ply­ing for this year’s award,” he said.

“As well as the prize be­ing of sig­nif­i­cant mon­e­tary value, the ap­pli­ca­tion process it­self pro­vides a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to look back and take stock of their hard work and achieve­ments ahead of their next stage of ed­u­ca­tion and the ex­cit­ing chal­lenges this brings.”

The 2015 award went to St Luke’s Col­lege stu­dent An­shula Ashish, who is study­ing at the Univer­sity of WA and plans to pur­sue medicine.

Award-win­ning ac­tor Joel Jack­son is an­other no­table for­mer win­ner.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply, go to www.kar­ratha.wa. gov.au/walk­ing­ton-award.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, Septem­ber 23 at 4pm.

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