At the Western Chances-Skills Scholarship Award Ceremony held on 9th August 2011 at Victoria University, St Albans Campus, four Kurunjang Secondary College students were awarded VET scholarships which will go towards assisting them in pursuing their educational dreams. They were Melissa Pereira, Jennifer Pereira and Dylan Simmons who are all studying hospitality and Nathan Rtosa who is studying building and construction. The Western Chances Committee is chaired by Terry Bracks and the Mick Young Scholarship Trust generously funds the scholarship fund.
The Guest Speaker was the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth. The key message was the importance of supporting all of our young adults in the pursuit of their goals and direct link to their capacity to contribute positively in the world of work. Three past recipients then spoke about how the scholarship assisted them financially as they attended a range of tertiary programs.
A fitting close to the evening comprised of two presentations by past recipients to Terry Bracks, Hon Peter Garrett and Katherine Henderson (WMR Regional Director). They were presented with a poem on the significance of education and a painting with the message “Education leads to Knowledge which leads to Power”.