Supporting young South Australian volunteers to learn
Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison has congratulated 21 young South Australians who have been awarded grants of up to $3000 through the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award program.
"The Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award program is designed to attract, encourage and recruit even more young people to volunteer, and to reward those who already do," Ms Bettison said.
"Young people who receive a grant can use it towards pursuing study options in their chosen field at a university, TAFE SA or registered vocational college.
"This year's grant recipients have demonstrated how motivated and committed they are to using their skills and talents to help their local communities.
"Volunteering is a great way for young people to develop skills and gain experience that will complement their education and career pathways.
"We know employers look favourably on young job applicants who have demonstrated personal motivation, a commitment to community participation, and helping others."
The 2015 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards recipients include:
- Beau, 20, from Parafield Gardens, who volunteers with Lions Australia and has created and chartered a new division of the club at Adelaide University. His passion for volunteering has seen the club quickly grow in member numbers and community participation. Beau is involved in many community organisations and is a great example of how young people get involved, take on challenges and commit to volunteering. His scholarship will support him to study a Bachelor of Law and International Studies.
- Samantha, 17, from Moorook, will use her scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience). Samantha, who began volunteering at Riding for the Disabled Association SA (RDA) at the age of 12, credits her passion for volunteering to RDA, her love of animals and a desire to assist others in the community.
- Sarah, 21 from Mawson Lakes, a volunteer with Helping Young People Achieve (HYPA), is a passionate and dedicated advocate for young people experiencing youth homelessness. She will use her scholarship to gain a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning to ensure she can continue to make a real difference to the lives of young people.
Scholarship applicants were assessed on their history of community involvement, current volunteer participation and continued motivation for volunteering.
For more information about programs and initiatives available to support South Australian volunteers visit www.ofv.sa.gov.au.