Scholarship recipients Dan Head and Charles Cox with Gympie High principal Murray Wegner.
Scholarship recipients Dan Head and Charles Cox with Gympie High principal Murray Wegner. Contributed

Gympie High pupils win study aid

GYMPIE State High School students Charles Cox and Dan Head were recently awarded Defence Technical Scholarships after a competitive selection process where they were up against more than 2300 applicants from across Australia.

The DTS program provides a financial incentive to eligible students in Years 11 and 12 to stay at school and finish their studies while undertaking maths, English and a trade (VET) subject.

Charles and Dan both study furnishings and engineering, making them eligible for the scholarships.

Charles was awarded a $3000 scholarship and Dan a $2000 scholarship.

Both boys had to complete an application demonstrating their knowledge of technical trades within the Australian Defence Force and describe in detail what they would do as a tradesperson in a real-life crisis.

The scenario was based on providing humanitarian support after a natural disaster affecting a neighbouring country.

After graduation, Charles hopes to gain a mechanical apprenticeship with the defence force.

With another year of school to go, Dan also hopes to enter the mechanical field in the defence force, but is exploring his options.

Gympie Times


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