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Archbishop Denis Hart has heaped generous praise upon the achievements of five Victorian young people, as he presented them each with the Father James Wall Bursary at the St Patrick’s Centre in East Melbourne.
The Father James Wall Bursary provides five leadership achievement awards of $4,000, made annually to Year 10 Catholic secondary school students who demonstrate leadership potential in a range of areas. These include science, arts, public speaking, sporting activities, community service and social justice activities.
The bursary, provided through the sponsorship of CDF, the Catholic Development Fund, assists with school fees and other expenses during the student’s Year 11 and 12 studies.
This year, four bursaries have been awarded to students from the Melbourne Archdiocese, and, for the first time, one from the diocese of Sale.
Abbey Walsh was the winner from Catholic College in Sale, while Kathleene Mendoza (Catholic Regional College, St Albans), Nicole Nabbout (Mercy College, Coburg), Gabrielle Hurrel (Catholic Ladies College, Eltham) and Sophie Chan (Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill) were the successful candidates from Melbourne.
L-R Sophie Chan, Gabrielle Hurrell, Abbey Walshe, Nicole Nabbout and Kathleene Mendoza
Each of the winners was chosen for having demonstrated a high degree of leadership in school and the community, as well as being seen by their school community to be inclusive, cooperative and committed to making a difference.
Leadership potential, willingness to coordinate and organize activities, an emphasis on helping and providing service to others in such areas as coaching, fundraising, environmental protection, hospitality services, assisting people with disabilities, involvement in parish or local council activities were all considered necessary criteria in the awarding of the bursaries.
In presenting the awards to each of these outstanding students, Archbishop Hart congratulated each of the girls for their great gifts, their generosity, their energy, their commitment and their resolve to not only see what needs doing, but to take action and achieve it.
Below, Abbey Walshe, the winner from Catholic College in Sale, Victoria, spoke of her joy at being awarded a bursary in acknowledgement of Fr James Wall.