A Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Award will help winner Patrick Young to buy equipment and support further studies as he follows his dream of becoming an electrician.
Patrick is one of the inaugural scholarship recipients under the Bundaberg Regional Council award scheme aimed at providing financial support for youth from the region who are passionate about their education.
He currently attends Bundaberg State High School where he is completing grade 11 while also undertaking Tafe certificate courses.
Patrick said he was motivated to apply for the scholarship to access some financial support to help him continue with his studies.
“I am currently studying Cert ll in Electro Technology at Tafe and [have] nearly finished it,” Patrick said.
“I’ve had work experience with an electrician and loved it.
“This scholarship will support my needs for work equipment and education support.”
The busy student also completed a Certificate II in Volunteering last year when in grade 10.
Patrick grew up in Toowoomba and then lived in Emu Park near Yeppoon before moving to the Bundaberg Region with his mum in 2017.
They now live in Bargara where Patrick enjoys the proximity of the region’s beautiful beaches and the rural lifestyle the area offers.
“My favourite part of Bargara is how close everything is, and I can go anywhere I want,” he said.
“I like the beach because it’s just a place to get away.”
Patrick’s plans for the future include graduating from year 12 next year and further progress toward his electrical qualifications.
The BRYSA scholarship program received 31 nominations with seven recipients awarded based on merit by an Advisory Group made up of representatives from Youth Services Bundaberg, Link & Launch, CQUniversity and Bundaberg Regional Council.