Bundaberg Regional Council has announced the winners of its inaugural Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Awards (BRYSA) at a breakfast event at the Multiplex on Tuesday 5 September.
Out of 31 nominees, seven successful recipients received scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 for each student.
The winners were:
- Atyaf Awad
- Lauren Bloomfield
- Mackenzie Blackburn
- Anna Harris
- Christian Lane-Krebs
- Taliah Reynolds
- Patrick Young
The scholarships provide financial support for youth from the region who are passionate about their education.
Local businesses were invited to support the awards through monetary contributions or in-kind contributions of support services.
Yourtown and Coral Coast Physiotherapy supported at gold level, providing $1,000 each to co-sponsor a scholarship.
All 31 nominees were provided with career counselling sessions valued at almost $150, and a list of youth supports and resources they can access as needed.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said all the nominations showed resilience and a determination for education that was inspiring.
“The Bundaberg Region is known for many things, but perhaps we are best known for our strong sense of community spirit,” he said.
“It is wonderful that we can help support and empower our young people as they are working towards their qualifications and further learning.
“I am also grateful to the local businesses who have gotten on board and supported the scholarships with funding and mentoring opportunities.”
Young people could nominate themselves for the scholarship or be nominated by another person.
The program was open to nominees aged 15 to 24, with the scholarships awarded based on merit by an Advisory Group made up of representatives from Youth Services Bundaberg, Link & Launch, CQUniversity and Bundaberg Regional Council.