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2019 School Scholarship Program Winners Update

Just under a year ago, Briana Coles from Stella Maris College Manly, and Caleb Miller from NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus, applied for the Dee Why RSL School Scholarship Program. So we thought we would catch up with the two students and see how they have been!

When asked how the scholarship has helped Briana this year, she said, “It has been so helpful. I have been able to use the funds to purchase extra resources such as study guides, and I have also been able to get some extra tutoring for areas I found challenging. It also enabled me to continue doing the extracurricular activities I really enjoy, like competing at a national level for dance, debating and competing in numerous competitions. I am also involved in our school’s musicals and am fortunate enough to be the Creative and Performing Arts Prefect this year.”

Briana is currently studying English advanced, mathematics, chemistry, biology, modern history and dance, and is interested in a future career in medicine or medical sciences.

“I would be really interested in doing further study to be able to support disadvantaged communities. After the HSC I would love to be able to go travelling and be a part of charity work.”

Caleb has also found the scholarship really helpful, alleviating the stress of money throughout the year “It has allowed me to focus on my studies and extra-curricular activities. I would definitely encourage anyone to apply, especially if you find yourself very busy with balancing school, your job, and any extracurricular activities you may do.”

He is studying physics, modern history, mathematics, English advanced, English extension 1 and 2, and is interested in both the sciences and also liberal arts. He plans to go to university, possibly to study architecture.

Caleb’s extra-curricular activities include focusing on music with his band ‘Pocket Mammoth’, as well as playing Ultimate Frisbee with Manly Ultimate Club. “I’ve been fortunate enough to play for NSW at the National Youth Championships, and will play with the Aussie U20 Thunder team at the end of this year in the Philippines. I am also definitely interested in music, and playing more gigs with Pocket Mammoth; we want to release an EP sometime next year.”

We wish Briana, Caleb and all of the 2019 winners all the best for the rest of 2019 and into the future.

Applications for the Dee Why RSL 2020 School Scholarship Program will be open from Monday 23 September 2019.