Ex­pe­ri­ence life at sea on STS Leeuwin

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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/.

Pic­ture: Leeuwin Ocean Ad­ven­ture Foun­da­tion

The Leeuwin Ocean Ad­ven­ture Foun­da­tion is of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships to young Pil­bara res­i­dents in­ter­ested in marine work.

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