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Fourteen deserving recipients each received $2,000 under the 2017 Mayoral Academic Scholarships program, helping students in their first year of tertiary education to achieve their aspirations.

Sponsors included Weathertex, Newcastle Airport, The Wests Group, Hunter Land, McDonald Jones Homes, Destination Port Stephens, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Tomago Aluminium, Macka's Sand and Soil Supplies, Salamander Bay Recycling and SUEZ Recycling & Recovery.

Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship 2017
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship 2017
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship 2017
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship 2017
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship
Port Stephens Council Mayoral Scholarship

Anneka Zerbes

Recipient of the first Weathertex Scholarship

Anneka will be undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle. With her character references commending her for her compassion and maturity, this career sounds like a perfect fit for Anneka. She received a high ATAR of 90.55 and completed her HSC at St Francis Xavier's College where she received three medals in her final year for academic excellence, coming first in Community and Family Studies and first in Personal Health and Physical Education. She has already completed work placement in the Radiography ward at John Hunter Hospital and is interested in advancing her tertiary study with qualifications as a paramedic after completing her bachelor's degree.

Matthew Wallder

Recipient of the second Weathertex Scholarship

Matthew will be studying a combined degree of a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Law with Honours at the University of Newcastle. With a strong moral compass and a desire for travel, Matthew will thrive in his chosen combined degree. He attended Hunter Christian School where he was Dux for both year 11 and 12 and achieved first place in all his subjects. He was the recipient of the Ruben F Scarf Award for commitment and of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence. Outside of school, Matthew holds a black tip in Taekwondo and has competed in state championships at Homebush.

Jessica Miller

Recipient of the first Wests Group Scholarship

Jessica will shortly be commencing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle. Jessica developed a passion for medicine from a young age and her determination has seen her meet some amazing feats. She was selected to represent St Philip's Christian College at the Centenary of Anzac Day at Gallipoli last year and she also met the Hon. Mike Baird, previous NSW Premier, while attending a Lone Pine ceremony in Sydney. She was a club winner of the Lions Youth of the Year competition in 2013 and was part of the Student Representative Council for three years. She has also been involved in a number of fundraising activities, most recently in support of the Red Cross Blood Bank advocating for the importance of life saving blood donations. Jessica's academic achievements are all the more remarkable given the significant health challenges that she has faced.

Julia Macris

Recipient of the second Wests Group Scholarship

Julia will be studying for a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at the University of Newcastle. Julia has developed a passion for helping others and wants to use her degree to enhance the wellbeing of her future patients, particularly in the field of neuroscience. She graduated from St Philips Christian College last year achieving the award of Academic Excellence and came first in HSC English at her school. She has participated in two mission trips to Vanuatu where she engaged with and provided assistance to disadvantaged communities.

Sarah Swainson

Recipient of the first Newcastle Airport Scholarship

James is about to commence a Bachelor of Aviation at Swinburne University of Technology. James is undertaking a Bachelor of Aviation to pursue his lifelong passion of flying and his long term goal of becoming a flight captain. He completed his HSC at Hunter Valley Grammar School where his hard work paid off achieving an ATAR of 92.3. Leadership is no stranger to James; he was the Foundation Director of the Leo Club for two years, was heavily involved in the Student Representative Council and was appointed a School Prefect for his final year. James has also already equipped himself with flying experience having completed 55 hours to date of Solo Gliding and has accomplished various related qualifications including an Emergency Parachute Operations endorsement.

James Spearpoint

Recipient of the second Newcastle Airport Scholarship

James is about to commence a Bachelor of Aviation at Swinburne University of Technology. James is undertaking a Bachelor of Aviation to pursue his lifelong passion of flying and his long term goal of becoming a flight captain. He completed his HSC at Hunter Valley Grammar School where his hard work paid off achieving an ATAR of 92.3. Leadership is no stranger to James; he was the Foundation Director of the Leo Club for two years, was heavily involved in the Student Representative Council and was appointed a School Prefect for his final year. James has also already equipped himself with flying experience having completed 55 hours to date of Solo Gliding and has accomplished various related qualifications including an Emergency Parachute Operations endorsement.

Sophie Cottam

Recipient of the Destination Port Stephens Scholarship

Sophie is undertaking a double degree of Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor of Science. Sophie completed her HSC at Tomaree High School where she accomplished first placement in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. She has a true passion for mathematics and hopes to gain research based experience in the field before pursuing a career in secondary teaching. Her natural instincts in teaching are appreciated through her love and involvement in the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club where she coaches individuals and groups in the art of sailing, using structured training lessons and her dynamic communication abilities to build the skill sets and confidence of her students.

Lachlan White

Recipient of the Tomago Aluminium Scholarship

Lachlan is undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Lachlan's high HSC results were recognised through his inclusion in the HSC Distinguished Achievers List for students receiving marks in the top band for one or more subjects. During his time at Merewether High School, he received numerous academic awards and represented Merewether High School at the NSW & Australian Secondary Schools Sailing Championships. At the recent Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Lachlan came in first place in the Viper Division and is now a member of the Australian Sailing Nacra 17 Pathway to Gold Training Squad which will assist him in his goal to qualify for the Australian Sailing Team and compete in an Olympic Games.

Sarah Bell

Recipient of the Salamander Bay Recycling Scholarship

Sarah is undertaking a Bachelor of Industrial Design with Honours at the University of New South Wales. Sarah wants to use her passion for enhancing the lives of others through design to one day specialise in healthcare or sustainable technologies. Sarah is on the Port Stephens Youth Advisory Panel and through this has worked with the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People and NSW Mental Health Commissioner. She is a passionate volunteer and fundraiser for Riding for Disabled, Cancer Council, Salvation Army, Planet Ark and Corlette Parks Reserves and Landcare Group. Her advocacy and leadership experience is varied and includes a prefect appointment during her senior year at St Philip's Christian College.

Kayla Campbell

Recipient of the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Scholarship

Kayla will be undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching (Health & Physical Education) with Honours at the University of Newcastle. Kayla is a shining example of what it means to resilient and how with determination and hard-work, you can achieve your dreams. Kayla was Dux three times throughout her time at Hunter River High School High School. She received the Youth of the Year Public Speaking Award, the Pierre De Coubertin Award and the Premier's Debating Challenge Award. Although she barely has a second to spare with her busy schedule, Kayla manages to find the time to be a great asset to both her local Raymond Terrace soccer club and touch footy club; helping to manage games, schedules and more… all as a volunteer!

Grace Kim

Recipient of the SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Scholarship

Grace will be undertaking a Flexible Double Law Degree of a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability at the Australian National University. Grace's accolades throughout her schooling are tremendous including an ATAR of 99.05 and being awarded Dux of year 9, 11 and 12. She was also appointed School Prefect, came first in all her HSC courses, was a recipient of the "Reverse Scholarship" awarded to All Rounders - for students who score the top band result in 10 or more HSC units.  Grace's HSC music 2 practical examination was nominated for inclusion in the HSC ENCORE performance at Sydney Opera House. Outside of her commitment to her studies, Grace advocates for the conservation and protection of our natural environment. She participated in ocean awareness projects and aims to use the learnings from her flexible double degree to obtain the power and conviction to influence and strike real change in environmental conservation.

Dannielle Brennan

Recipient of the McDonald Jones Homes Scholarship

Dannielle is undertaking a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle. Dannielle has set herself the goal of becoming a doctor specialising in emergency response care. Her enthusiasm and high levels of involvement throughout her high school years at Tomaree High School saw her gain and thrive in the appointment of School Captain. She was awarded the Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award from the Australian Defence Force in 2014 and has held part-time employment at a chemist for the last three  years where she loves learning as much as she can about the technical side of things as well as providing clients with outstanding service.

Aaron Sherritt

Recipient of the Macca's Sand and Soil Supplies Scholarship

Aaron will be studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at the University of Newcastle. Aaron completed his secondary education at Maitland Christian School where he received Dux in 2016, the Vice-Chancellor's award for academic excellence, a high ATAR of 93.45 and he was senior sport's house captain in his final year. Aaron is extremely passionate about cricket, where his efforts were rewarded as Player of the Year in the Maitland Representative Cricket team in 2013 and he has contributed a high level of involvement in recent years for the Raymond Terrace Cricket Club, including cricket coaching.

Grace Gayden

Recipient of the Hunter Land Scholarship

Grace is undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney. Grace is taking on Medical Science in pursuit of her longer term goal of becoming a qualified medical practitioner with a focus on mission work and improving the lives of others. Grace completed her secondary schooling at St Philip's Christian College where she received the following accolades amongst many more throughout her time; 2016 College Captain, the Caltex Best All Rounder Award, the Outstanding Academic Effort Award and the 2014 Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork award. Grace has demonstrated resilience and maturity, along with dedication towards continuing her interest in natural sciences.