Sur­prise at schol­ar­ship

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

A Bal­divis stu­dent with a keen in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy has been awarded a cov­eted schol­ar­ship that will help him fur­ther pur­sue his aca­demic goals.

Lewis Al­mond was named one of seven re­cip­i­ents of a YAL schol­ar­ship, af­ter ap­ply­ing last year.

The 12-year-old said he was re­ally happy when he found out.

“Things like this don’t hap­pen to me — when I opened it I re­ally couldn’t be­lieve it,” he said.

Youth char­ity YAL was first es­tab­lished in 1905 and to­day sup­ports young peo­ple by of­fer­ing a range of ed­u­ca­tional schol­ar­ships to help them over­come bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing them from reach­ing their full po­ten­tial.

The Tranby Col­lege stu­dent said he would like to be­come an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer and en­joys com­puter pro­gram­ming and 3D de­sign along with his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy and French at school.

Al­ways work­ing on a project, Lewis is cur­rently build­ing a photography drone and sold his old toys to be able to fund his hobby of drone rac­ing.

He was se­lected to be in­volved in a tech­nol­ogy and cod­ing club known as Coder­dojo run by Curtin Univer­sity and achieved a Black Belt award, en­abling him to men­tor younger club mem­bers.

Through the club Lewis won two Dig­i­tal Project Awards in 2015 for the Young In­ven­tor and Lead­er­ship.

His mum Ge­or­gia de­scribed him as level-headed, po­lite, car­ing and shar­ing.

“Lewis has al­ways got a new plan or project and en­joys help­ing oth­ers,” she said.

“It was a big sur­prise, a huge shock and a great Christ­mas present.”

YAL chair­man Frank Schaper said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was de­lighted to be investing in young lives and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to fur­ther their learn­ing.

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

YAL schol­ar­ship win­ner 12-year-old Lewis Al­mond with his lat­est project.

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