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Batemans Bay Youth Foundation 27th Grants Presentation Dinner

The Batemans Bay Youth Foundation held its Annual Grants Presentation Dinner at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club on Thursday 4 February 2021. There was a large audience of 117 happy people present to witness 13 students from 4 local high schools receive Grants.

The successful students were:

1 Marcus Cristallo B of Law/Commerce UOW

2 Eleanor Taylor-Thompson B of International Relations and (Language) ANU

3 James Dickinson B of Health Sc/Human Nutrition UOC

4 Kate Toohey B of Education (Primary) ACU

5 Jack Gallen B of Contemporary Music UOSConMusic

6 Josephine Parsons B of Science / Arts ANU

7 Tom Gaffey B of Engineering UOW

8 Thomas Ebejer B of Neuroscience UOW

9 Jade Briggs B of Engineering UOW

10 Emily Dickinson B of Primary Education UOC

11 Max Robertson B of International Security Services/Relations or Law ANU

12 Teagan Moses B of Law/Arts ANU

13 Byron Manning B of Nursing UOTasmania


There were two Excellence Prizes named after the late Chairman Alex Taylor OAM, and the retiring Chairman Peter Wood OAM. Each prize of $1,000 is paid for excellent scholastic performance in the first year of University, restricted to Grantees of the previous year.

The Humanities prize was awarded to Jessica Wright, studying for a B. of Design at ANU, who achieved 2 high distinctions, a distinction and 3 credits in her first year.

The Science prize was awarded to Chelsea Yakovenko who is studying for a B. Science, at the University of Wollongong, who achieved 4 distinctions and 4 high distinctions in her first year.

Both the prizes were presented by our retiring BBYF Chairman of fourteen years, Peter Wood OAM.

The BBYF was established in 1994 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to students leaving high school to pursue personal development and advancement in an unlimited range of worthwhile fields of endeavour. It is supported by a partnership between Batemans Bay Rotary, RSL and Soldiers Club.

Since 1994 the Foundation has given Grants to 229 students, worth a total value of $708,000. Every cent was locally raised, or privately donated, as RSL President Brian Wheeler stated “…you know that our weekly raffle raises funds to the support the Foundation.”

The new chairman of the foundation, David Ashford concluded the evening by stating “There are thirteen young people tonight, taking their next step in their lives. The Grant you have just received is a vote of confidence from our community. It is their money you have received via the Foundation. So, work hard, enjoy University life, and make us more proud of you. We wish you all a wonderfully successful future.”

Fiona Phillips - Member for Gilmore and David Ashford in front of a background of excited students having just received their grants of $3500

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