Nine Batemans Bay students received grants of $3500 for their upcoming university studies at the annual Batemans Bay Youth Foundation dinner at the Batemans Ban Soldiers Club on Thursday, February 7.
In addition, two Excellence Prizes of $1000 were awarded to two of last year’s intake for high academic achievement.
The Alex Taylor OAM Memorial Prize was given to Harry Hadley who achieved three high distinctions, four distinctions, and three credits in his first year of music studies at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.
The Peter Wood OAM Prize was awarded to Leonidas Katsanis who achieved two high distinctions, two distinctions, and four credits in his first year of a Bachelor of Science at ANU.
Peter Wood OAM said the Youth Foundation was formed in 1994 by Rotary, and has since been augmented by the Soldiers Club and the RSL sub-branch.
“The Foundation has given grants to 204 students at a total value of $621,000, all from donations,” Mr Wood said. “Our donors are our lifeblood.
“We thank them most sincerely for their loyalty and support over the years.”
Entertainment was provided by two St Cecilia finalists: Molly Burrows on the piano, and Jack Gallen on the guitar. A grant recipient from last year, Kye Oxley-Garnett, was the guest speaker, and spoke about his first year at the University of Sydney.
The following students were given grants: Blayne Abela (Bachelor of Architecture), Emma Bennett (Bachelor of Law/Communications and Media), Jessica Campbell (Bachelor of Arts), Jessica Halliburton (Bachelor of Social Work), Peta Halliburton (Bachelor of Primary Education), Olivia Holley (Bachelor of Creative Arts/Computer Science), Elizabeth Tegart (Bachelor of Communication/Media), Jayden Williams (Bachelor of Business), and Sophie Woodford (Bachelor of Nursing).