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Anzac scholarships: travel to historic battlefields

anzacscholarshipThe State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons, is encouraging students currently in Year 9 or 10 to apply for the 2016 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship provides for the opportunity to travel to historic battlefields in which Australian Diggers fought.

Successful students will get to visit the Western Front to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.

Ms Gibbons encouraged local schools in our area to participate in the scheme, providing them with the opportunity to represent their school and local community.

Premier Baird said it is important that Australian service men and women are remembered in their local communities.

“The scholars’ pilgrimage to the Western Front will enable the stories of sacrifice and courage by the Anzacs to be passed on to our younger generations.”

Each year up to 20 scholarships will be provided to NSW students, providing them with a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the key battlefields and memorials associated with the Centenary of Anzac.

In July 2016 students will be visiting France and Belgium to commemorate the Anzacs who fought on the Western Front during World War I.

In the past, students have visited a range of battlefields and memorials associated with Australia’s Anzac legacy including including South Korea, Turkey, the Western Front, Vietnam and Singapore.

Applications for 2016 will be assessed by a committee including NSW RSL, Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Education.

Students who would like to apply must submit their applications to their school principal by November 30.

School principals will select one outstanding  application to submit to by December 11.

Students and teachers should apply by visiting the Veterans Affairs’ website and clicking on the education tab.


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