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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Annual Grants Presentation Dinner


Last Thursday, February 7th, the Annual Dinner of the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation took place at the Soldiers Club. Nine students bound for University received Grants of $3,500 each. For the first time, too, two Excellence Prizes of $1,000 each were awarded to two of last year’s intake as rewards for high academic achievement.

One Excellence Prize, the Alex Taylor OAM Memorial Prize, was given to Harry Hadley who achieved 3 High Distinctions, 4 Distinctions, and 3 Credits in his first year of music studies at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

The second Excellence Prize, the Peter Wood OAM Prize, went to Leonidas Katsanis. He is studying an advanced BSc at ANU, and achieved two High Distinctions, 2 Distinctions, and 4 Credits.

Formed by Rotary in 1994, augmented by the Soldiers Club and the RSL Sub-Branch later, the Foundation has given Grants to 204 students at a total value of $621,000, all from donations. Our donors are our lifeblood! We thank them most sincerely for their loyalty and support over the years.

The following were given Grants:-

Blayne Abela B. Architecture

Emma Bennett B.Law/Com. and Media

Jessica Campbell BA, then Primary Education

Jessica Halliburton B. Social Work

Peta Halliburton B. Primary Ed.

Olivia Holley B. Creative Arts/Comp Sc.

Elizabeth Tegart B. Communication/Media

Jayden Williams B. Business

Sophie Woodford B Nursing


Youth Foundation grant recipients for 2019: (back L to R) Blayne Abela, Elizabeth Tegart, Emma Bennett, Jessica Campbell, Jessica Halliburton. (Front L to R) Peta Halliburton, Sophie Woodford, Olivia Holley, Jayden Williams. Photos : The Photographical Society of Batemans Bay Those present, and the Community, wish them all success at this major step in their careers.Entertainment was provided by two St Cecilia Finalists, Molly Burrows on the piano and Jack Gallen on the guitar, and they received great applause. A grantee from last year, Kye Oxley-Garnett, filled the annual Guest Speaker slot, talking about his first year at University of Sydney. A memorable evening and a full house!

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