Six graduating students from high schools in the Rockingham-Kwinana region have won inaugural Discover Your Potential Scholarships worth $10,000 to study degrees at Murdoch University’s Rockingham Campus next year.
Dion Hill and Kristen Dobels from Gilmore College, Jasmyn Hillier from Peter Carnley Anglican Community School, Jessica Villaflor from Comet Bay College, Rebecca Hammond from South Coast Baptist College and Sarah Law from Rockingham Senior High will receive $2,500 each per year over four years to help support their studies at Murdoch University Rockingham.
The Discover Your Potential Scholarships are an initiative of the family of Gary Holland and the Rockingham Education Development Group, a community group chaired by Barbara Holland. The group has raised funds to provide scholarships for local students to realise their dreams of attending university.
Ms Holland said: “I believe that young people need to be given opportunities to succeed. Providing a strong educational foundation is one of the best ways to get ahead and in turn, give back to the community.
“I am very proud to be part of the Discover Your Potential Scholarships and helping students from the Rockingham region.”
Scholarship recipient Ms Villaflor said she was surprised and delighted when she first found out she was to receive the funding.
“This absolutely means the world to me, giving me the opportunity to study what I want to do, it's definitely a dream come true,” she said.
“This scholarship to my family is a huge honour as I am the first person to actually get into university.
“It will open a lot of doors for me and hopefully be an example to my younger sister, to encourage her to work hard and know that there are great opportunities for everyone.”
Mr Hill said the scholarship would help him to concentrate on his studies to be a teacher without the added pressure of having to organise funds for textbooks and other study aids.
“The scholarship will take the pressure off my parents to fund my learning,” he added.
“It will give me the opportunity to do my best in my studies to become a teacher.”
Discover Your Potential Scholarships are supported by local community members and businesses including BHP Billiton, Cedar Woods, Coogee Chemicals, Fremantle Ports, The Hon Gary Gray AO MP and the Holland Family.
The Discover Your Potential Scholarships will be formally presented at a ceremony to be held at Murdoch University Rockingham in July next year.