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FAULCONBRIDGE STUDENT AWARDED WSU SCHOLARSHIP

Faulconbridge local William Goodwin has been awarded with a Scenic World Scholarship at Western Sydney University, where he is studying a Bachelor of Natural Science in Environment and Health.

Some might say that William is “lucky” to have secured the scholarship however, the ninteen year old is no stranger to adversity having been diagnosed with Dysgraphia and Motor Dyspraxia from a young age. These neurological disorders affect the coordination of everyday physical movements such as handwriting and playing ball sports. There is no cure; treatment can only come through extensive physio, speech and occupational therapy.

In spite of this, William was always a model student at Springwood High School where he was elected School Captain. After graduating in 2018, he commenced his aforementioned undergraduate degree at WSU. Undaunted by full-time study, he continued to serve the Blue Mountains commmunity through longstanding involvements with the Australian Air Force Cadets and the Faulconbridge Rural Fire Brigade.

Covering living expenses while continuing his study and volunteering commitments was always going to be a difficult juggling act, and financial considerations were causing him to re-evaluate his level of involvement in these organisations.

Now William’s passion to make a positive difference has been rewarded, with a scholarship funded by Scenic World’s philanthropic program, Scenic World Shared.

The Scenic World Scholarship is available to students in Natural Science or Tourism Management degrees, it will support William for the duration of his degree, providing $7500 of funding for each year of study, valued at up to $22,500.

FFor William it brings much needed financial assistance and is a “massive honour and privelage”. With his degree he plans to find better ways to educate the general public and create awareness for environmental issues that the current generation is grappling with.

“We’re potentially facing environmental catastrophes and there are things that the academic community knows so much about, but because the general public’s not aware of it there’s not much action being taken,” he said, adding that his passion for the environment stems from growing up in the Blue Mountains.

“Having lived in a World Heritage Area all my life, I find environmental science a really exciting field to study and this scholarship has opened up a wealth of opportunities for me, for which I’m very grateful.”

This is the second Scenic World Scholarship to be awarded, with one available each year until a total of four students are supported at once.

Scenic World’s Managing Director Anthea Hammon said, “Education is a key pillar of the Scenic World Shared program, we believe that initiatives such as this scholarship will leave a lasting, positive impact on our community.”

“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to support young people like William who are already contributing so much to the Blue Mountains. I wish him all the best and look forward to following his progress through his degree,” she said.

Applications are now open for the 2020 scholarship program, which assists ambitious Blue Mountains residents from disadvantaged backgrounds to follow their dream of studying a bachelor’s degree in tourism or environmental science.

Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University, Professor Jonathon Allen, said the scholarship ensured that students could invest more time in their studies and would reap dividends into the future. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment in the development of the talents, skills and futures of our students, who in just a few years, will be the professional workers and leaders of the region.”

For more information on the Scenic World Scholarship in Natural Science and Tourism Management, and to apply, visit https://bit.ly/2I9p2Y1.

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