Fourteen Local Students Awarded $20,000 in Scholarships

Students Display Inspiring Community-Mindedness and Academic Accomplishment.

The future of our Northern Beaches is in good hands, if the calibre of applications received from local HSC students for the annual Dee Why RSL School Scholarship Program is anything to go by. Fourteen high school students from across the Northern Beaches were selected to receive $1,400 each in scholarships at a presentation night in December at the RSL.

The School Scholarship Program is now in its sixth year, and has again delivered a total of $20,000 in scholarships to assist with educational expenses for those studying for the HSC. Applications were open for six weeks between September and October this year, with the opportunity for year 11 students to receive funding to ease the burden financially while completing the Higher School Certificate in 2019. Applicants were assessed on a range of criteria, including their academic performance and/or economic need, contribution to school and community, as well as  evidence of displaying an interest in and participating in extracurricular activities. This is part of the RSL’s longstanding Community Support Program, through which the RSL is supporting over 100 local community groups with more than $2,000,000 in cash and in-kind support in 2018/19.

These include high needs charities, as well as organisations that support disabilities, vulnerable children, mental health, sporting, cultural, social clubs and education, to name a few.


“It was a pleasure and a privilege to read through so many outstanding applications for our 2018 educational scholarships. The panel was impressed with the way in which students addressed the criteria of academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community involvement.  Congratulations to the successful students and to all applicants, your parents and schools can be very proud of you” said, President of Dee Why RSL and retired school teacher Graeme Liddell.

Dee Why RSL Board and executive management hosted the presentation cocktail function to award the students, who were presented their cheques and certificates with their proud and supportive families in attendance.

“These 14 exceptional students have done an incredible job of applying and qualifying for these scholarships, and with a full year ahead of HSC study schedules, major works and exams, sporting and volunteer commitments, as well as part-time jobs and even health challenges, we  certainly commend them and their supportive families on their efforts,” said  Sheila Zakhar-Malone, Executive Manager of Community at the RSL.

“The evening saw some very proud mums, dads and grandparents in the room, and rightly so – it’s quite an achievement” added Sheila. One of the scholarship recipients, Jacob Trzecinski, 17, a student at Killarney Heights High School is a brain cancer survivor, and in 2017 raised an unbelievable $300,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, in addition to impressing his teachers with his diligence, organisational skills, resilience and compassion.

“I am hopeful that the funds I have raised go some way towards finding a cure, to extend the lives of future children who will be diagnosed with this disease,” stated Jacob in his application.

Sheila added, “It doesn’t get any more inspiring than that. Young Jacob, with the support of his family, school and community, has proven what can be done when you are motivated to lead change in the world.”

Congratulations to this year’s successful recipients.