Joshua Liaw, Mackenzie Plath and Kane Langdon each received a grant from the RSL Youth Development Program to help them with their academic endeavours.
Joshua Liaw, Mackenzie Plath and Kane Langdon each received a grant from the RSL Youth Development Program to help them with their academic endeavours. Mike Richards

High school students awarded grants from the RSL

OVER Christmas 200 Queensland high school students were awarded grants from the RSL Queensland Youth Development Program in recognition of their commitment to sporting, community and academic pursuits.

Among the recipients, two students from Tannum State High School and one from Chanel College were recognised for their motivation and commitment in their chosen field.

Kane Langdon and Joshua Liaw were given grants to pursue interests in science, while Mackenzie Plath plans to use the money to develop his computer programming skills.

RSL State President Terry Meehan said the applicants were "a credit to all Australians'', not only demonstrating their intelligence, but also their determination to fulfil their aspirations.

"The whole idea of the Youth Development Program is to encourage teenagers who want to 'give it a go' and acknowledge their efforts," he said.

"They're all demonstrating a maturity beyond their years by having notable focus and passion."

The Youth Development Program is run in conjunction with Bond University with winners of the grant now being able eligible to apply for one of three RSL ANZAC scholarships which offer a 50% discount on Bond University tuition fees.

To apply for the grant, applicants were required to describe their chosen pursuit along with a supporting letter from their local RSL Sub-Branch. Applicants also had to submit a 500-word essay on the importance of RSL and ANZAC values to Australian youth.

A full list of the state winners is available at http://www.RSL.youth.com.au.

FAST FACTS

  •  Grants worth $5000 or $2500 are given to high achieving Queensland students
  •  Applications for YDP grants open on ANZAC Day


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