Scholarship applications are now open for students wishing to enrol in Year 8 at Kawana Waters State College (KWSC) in 2013 — and if last year is anything to go by, there is likely to be some stiff competition.
Kawana Waters State College Deputy Principal Elly Gerbo said the quality of scholarship applicants had been extremely high in previous years and she looked forward to awarding a further eight students a $400 scholarship for academic and sporting excellence, community service and leadership this year.
“It is always so difficult to select the eight recipients as the calibre of applicants is consistently outstanding and there are so many worthy candidates,” Ms Gerbo said.
“In past years, we have awarded scholarships to students from a range of local primary schools, including Talara Primary College and Currimundi State School; applications aren’t limited to students attending KWSC’s primary campus.”
Thirteen-year-old KWSC student Emily Marschall became one of the lucky scholarship recipients for 2011 after achieving the position of Vice Captain of the KWSC primary school, placing seventh at state championships for high jump and winning the Schultz Toomey O’Brien ‘Kawana Gift’ running race. She has also recently been named Grade 8 leader, was a member of the winning interschool sports soccer team, is a talented aquatics student and consistently achieves outstanding academic results.
Emily used the $400 to fund her participation in the school’s specialised aquatics program and purchase new school uniforms and stationery.
Ms Gerbo said Emily was a worthy scholarship recipient, displaying commitment to her studies, strong leadership skills and a positive attitude.
“Emily is a terrific student and we are proud to offer her and all our K-12 students a first-rate education that is affordable and enjoyable,” Ms Gerbo said.
Emily said she was proud to have won the 2011 scholarship and, having attended KWSC since her preschool years, had found the transition into high school to be a breeze.
“Our Year 7 teachers made it really easy for us to get ready for high school; rather than having one classroom teacher, we had different teachers for English and maths so we were prepared for the changes to our schedules when we reached high school,” Emily said.
“The teachers here are friendly and they’re always happy to help. I’m really enjoying learning Japanese and drama at the high school campus and practising creative writing,” she said.
“Most of my friends from primary school also moved through to high school at KWSC so I like coming to school and seeing everyone each day.”
Year 8 scholarship applications close at 4pm on Friday, 27 July 2012. For more information and to access an application form contact Elly Gerbo or Kirsten Ferdinands on (07) 5493 3388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.