By Sarah Bain*
ROKEBY High School, in partnership with First National Real Estate, has launched the first in a number of ongoing scholarships to help further students’ education and create career path opportunities.
With an initial grace period of 12-months, the scholarship will be worth $2,000 a year – $10,000 in total – and form part of the school’s community hub project, which seeks to deliver the school into a new era of education.
“We have so many great partners connected to the school and we wanted to make sure we had a platform through which our partners could exercise activities and opportunities for students,” said Pete Goward, Rokeby High School’s grants and community liaison.
There are more scholarships to be awarded throughout the year, but First National is the first to be launched this year as part of the community hub project.
These new programs are specially designed and will be accessible by the winners of these academic scholarships.
First National Real Estate representative Gloria Park said the local business was excited to be involved in the “growth and development of today’s youth.”
The first student from Rokeby to benefit from these enriching new programs is Year 10 student Marcus McCallum who plans on continuing his education to university and study engineering.
“I’m really happy about having received the scholarship, as it means I’ll have a higher chance of getting into science in the future, which is my ideal career,” Marcus said.
Marcus has been a student at Rokeby High School since year seven and during his years he has won dux of his grade three times and has played a large role in the development of the school-based business, Tasmanian Humble Products.
“I’ve always loved learning and it is something I’ve always been good at,” he said.
This science scholarship will help to further develop Marcus’ potential and education based on his strong learning initiative.
Due to Rokeby’s current connections with the University of Tasmania and the Beacon Foundation, further resources can be provided, said Brett Williams, UTAS ‘Pathways to Success’ project manager.
“We’ll organise to take Marcus around some of the faculties, show him the university and introduce him to current students,” Brett said.
Beacon Foundation state manager Nick Probert agrees with the importance of providing students with practical, on-site work experience.
“Unless young people experience the workplace, they “don’t really get a full appreciation of what a particular career entails,” he said.
First National has chosen to sponsor the science scholarship, and this couldn’t come at a better time with the launch of the new $1.5m science department on the way.
*Sarah Bain is a student at Rokeby High School. This article was submitted as part of the school’s young journalist competition.
Caption: From left, Beacon state manager Nick Probert, UTAS Unilink coordinator Penny Stringer, Marcus Mccullum and First National Real Estate consultant Gloria Park.