19 February 2012
A Gayndah teenager with a passion for surf lifesaving has been awarded a $6,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Nathan Capps graduated with an OP5 from Burnett State College last year, and will start USC’s Bachelor of Primary Education this week.
The 17-year old was one of 56 scholarship recipients to be honoured at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 13 February.
Nathan said he was very excited about studying at USC because he had been accepted into his dream course and could continue as a volunteer lifesaver at Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club.
“I have been with Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club for the past five years and about every second weekend my parents have driven me from Gayndah to the Sunshine Coast,” he said.
“I have wanted to go to USC since I read a newspaper article about the University introducing its new Primary Education degree.
“I believe teaching is a great profession and a way for me to contribute to the community and to future generations.”
Nathan said he would use his scholarship to pay for textbook and tuition fees. He hopes to one day become a school principal.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University awarded scholarships, bursaries and prizes each year to reward academic excellence and to support students with financial assistance during their studies.
“The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals and future careers,” he said.
— Michelle Widdicombe