Graham Anderson and Mitchell Dawson.
Graham Anderson and Mitchell Dawson.

Sights on defence trade

KINGSCLIFF High School had a 100 per cent success rate in the Defence Force's first trade scholarships.

Four Year 11 students applied for an inaugural Defence Technical Scholarship and remarkably they were all winners, career advisor Scott Ella said.

“It's fantastic news,” Mr Ella said. “We only had four students apply but they have really impressed the judges.”

Students were required to submit an application in Feb- ruary for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) scholarship and sit a test.

“The exam was under pretty strict conditions, but the boys did really well,” Mr Ella said.

He said the four boys, Graham Anderson, Mitchell Dawson, Cameron Dooley and Callum Gall, have an interest in a trade career but are under no obligation to join the ADF on completion of their schooling.

“Some of them are considering uni as well,” Mr Ella said.

“This has given them a foot into the defence force door if they want it. They're in a great position.”

The students each receive $2000 over the next 12 months and can reapply in Year 12 for the $3000 bursary.

“They can use the money for whatever they like,” Mr Ella said.

“Hopefully it will go towards their studies.”

The Kingscliff High School students were among 191 winners from New South Wales, and 568 Australia-wide, with scholarship recipients also from Banora Point High School.

Minister for Defence Warren Snowdon said the scholarships are intended to address the nation-wide skills short- age, which the ADF is not immune to.

“During their scholarship year they will get the opportunity to participate in defence experiences, events and base and ship visits,” Mr Snowdon said.

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