Experience life at sea on STS Leeuwin
A new round of scholarships to sail the high seas with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation has opened up for young Pilbara people interested in working in the marine sector.
There are 60 Woodside scholarships available to people aged 1425 living in Karratha, Roebourne and Exmouth as well as Broome and the Perth metropolitan area, giving them the rare opportunity to set sail on an 1850s tall ship, the STS Leeuwin II, while covering most of the cost.
The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation offers Woodside-funded scholarships annually, but this year the eligibility criteria have changed from an emphasis on community service work to an interest in either the marine environment or the marine industry.
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation chief executive Carol Shannon said the scholarships offered young people a rare opportunity to learn fundamental marine skills, whatever their particular area of interest in the industry may be.
“For many years, a voyage on the Leeuwin has been the catalyst for young people to pursue a career on the ocean. For young people who have these aspirations, it can be very hard to find the funds to study for the necessary qualifications,” she said.
“This is where the Leeuwin Woodside marine career scholarships can assist.”
The scholarships also open the door to attaining one of three Woodside cadetships, which fund several marine industry training courses, or a place on the Leeuwin Crew Exchange program.
“We are hoping to develop effective young community members who are able to give back to their local region,” Ms Shannon said.
Former scholarship winner and Newman College student William Kent said his time aboard the STS Leeuwin II had furthered his ambition to become a marine engineer.
“The Leeuwin experience encouraged me to follow a career in the maritime industry by showing me what it is like to be out on the ocean,” he said.
For more information about the Leeuwin Woodside marine career scholarships, go to www.sailleeuwin.com/.
The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is offering scholarships to young Pilbara residents interested in marine work.