Thanks to a local sponsor
Phillipa Walters lived in Katherine for many years and was a member of the Katherine Rotary Club. She wanted to help young people get to University, but she knew that studying at University was expensive, so Brian, her husband, set aside some money for the Rotary Club of Katherine. Every year, the Club raises funds through community events and $3000 is given to the bursary recipient. In 2019 the fund was given a generous donation by a Katherine family who wish to remain anonymous. Just know that your generosity is very much appreciated.
The scholarship aims to assist students planning to study full-time at a university in 2013. Many students experience difficulty with the costs of living and studying. This scholarship can assist those who anticipate they will experience difficulties.
Alex Barker received the award for the year 2013. Alex was at the Melbourne University studying a Bachelor of Commerce. Alex also helped us sell food at the Women of the World Conference and the Katherine Show 2013
In 2014 Alan Bennett was the recipient. Alan studied for a bachelor of engineering at Flinders University.
In 2015 we awarded the scholarship to Katelyn Talbot who undertook a degree in physiotherapy. Katelyn also did us the honour of speaking at one of our meetings and helped us serve our takeaway food at the 2015 Katherine Show.
In 2016 we split the bursary between Muriel Scholz and Jorjiilou Reyes. Jorjilou said " The scholarship helped significantly with my transition from high school to university. I had to move from the outback Katherine to urban Melbourne, which meant a lot of money to be spent on food, winter clothes, rent etc. Since i did not have a job in Melbourne and my mum was a single mum, this amount of money contributed to my savings for the semester. I can't thank the Rotary Club enough for this genorosity"
Muriel is studying for a Bachelor of Science at CDU. We were delighted tor read about Muriel who, in a very short space of time, has notched up some amazing adventures. We see Muriel making a huge impact on our world. In 2017 travelled to Africa where she volunteered to work in in St Lucia as part of the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad program. She also got up close and personal with massive crocs, hippos and fierce wild cats, worked with local kids and helped to build a home,
Katelyn Talbot and family 2015
John Leo and Alan Bennett 2014
Murel Scholtz, Rotarians and family 2016
Jorjilou Reyes, Rotarians and family 2016
A huge vote of thanks goes to a local family who have donated $15,000 to the Phillipa Walters Bursary Award.
Brian Walters has lived in Katherine for many years and is a past member (now honourary member. When Philippa died if cancer, Brian established the Phillipa Walters Bursary. Philippa wanted to help young people get to University, but she knew that studying at University was expensive. Brian donated some money to the Rotary Club of Katherine and every year, the club raises funds through community events in order to give $3000 to the bursary recipient.
Previous recipients in the last few years have included Alan Bennet; Alex Barker; Jorjilou Reyes; Katelyn Talbot and Muriel Sholz.
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