YEAR 12 students Graeme Stickland of Wongan Hills, Thomas Wilson of Dalwallinu and James Kelly of Ballidu, who board at Hale School in Perth, were recently awarded with highly coveted Defence Technical Scholarships from the Department of Defence.
Out of more than 2300 applications, the students were three of the four Hale students to receive a scholarship.
Defence Technical Scholarships are open to students in year 11 and 12 who are interested in pursuing a technical career in the navy, army or air force after completing year 12.
The scholarships were created to generate knowledge of the technical trade careers available in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The scholarships aim to financially reward technically-savvy students for staying on at school and enrolling in specific subjects.
However, there is no obligation for recipients to join the ADF after completion of their secondary education.
Applicants were required to demonstrate knowledge of a technical trade by confirmation that they are enrolled in the materials, design and technology course at school.
They had to complete a number of written activities demonstrating their knowledge about the ADF and why they would be suitable for a trade career in the ADF.
The process also required applicants to describe in detail what they would do in a particular situation.
If selected to receive a scholarship, year 11 recipients receive $2000 and year 12 recipients receive $3000.
The scholarship’s monetary award is aimed to assist students with school fees, materials and books whilst at school or to go towards costs of their future studies.
Graeme said he planned to put the scholarship money towards his TAFE fees next year where he planned to study a 3D design course at Central TAFE.
Thomas said he would put some of the money towards next year’s tuition fees and maybe also towards his first car and James is looking at using the money to buy himself some squash equipment.