Students grab defence scholarships
THREE students from St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino, were chosen from more than 2000 applicants to receive Defence Technical Scholarships from the Department of Defence.
Year 12 student, Marnee Silver, and two Year 11 students, Daniel Becker and Josh Kingsford, received scholarships that will assist them with their senior studies and be an incentive to pursue a trade career.
St Mary’s Catholic College’s principal Aaron Beach said the students were selected based on their community involvement, academic achievements and career aspirations.
“The college community is extremely proud of Marnee, Daniel and Josh for their success,” he said.
“We know the scholarships will alleviate the financial pressure for their families and provide further opportunities for their future careers.”
After finishing school and having a year off, Marnee Silver is looking forward to starting her career in engineering in the Royal Australian Air Force.
“I chose the Air Force over the Navy and the Army as it seemed to have more women coming through, and I felt that there would be more opportunities for women,” she said.
For Marnee, this is her second scholarship, having also received one in Year 11.
“I was really excited and a bit relieved to receive the scholarship and I was kind of shocked to have the opportunity of getting it two years in a row,” she said.
Josh and Daniel were also excited to receive their scholarships and are also considering careers in the RAAF.
“There are heaps of benefits like good training, they look after you really well, with good pay,” Daniel and Josh agreed.
Mr Beach said the college gratefully acknowledged the work of David Maslen, TAS co-ordinator, who put in extra work to assist the students with their applications.