Council awards community spirit bursaries to students

6th December 2017 5:14 PM
AWARDED: Last year's Community Spirit Bursary recipients Renee Burt and Will Gillespie are enjoying the opportunity to earn and learn with Council. AWARDED: Last year's Community Spirit Bursary recipients Renee Burt and Will Gillespie are enjoying the opportunity to earn and learn with Council.

SIX outstanding Year 12 students from high schools across the region were awarded Western Downs Regional Council Community Spirit bursaries to help with further studies.

Bursaries include $1000 and give recipients an opportunity to undertake paid work experience with the council in an area in which the students are completing degrees.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was the second year the council had awarded the bursaries and was investing in the future of our youth.

"They are our future leaders so we see great value in contributing to their education and being part of our community,” Cr McVeigh said.

"One of the great things about the bursary is when they are on university holidays, the council pays them to come and work with us, so they earn as they learn during their holidays working in the community with the Western Downs regional council.”

Students, who were selected by school principals, had to meet criteria including academic performance, contribution to the community, participation in their school community and OP eligibility.

Bursary recipients are:

Clara Rudd, from Dalby State High School;

Kaitlyn Hobson, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College;

Lacey O'Brien, Dalby Christian College;

Emma Butler, Chinchilla State High School;

Bree Coleman, Tara State High School; and

Brittany Gorry, Miles State High School.