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First Sir Charles Court Leadership Award recipients come to Curtin

Media release

Curtin University has launched the Sir Charles Court Leadership Award, announcing seven first-year students as the inaugural recipients in 2016.

The Award is given to students who have participated in Curtin’s Year 10 leadership development program, the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program (SCCYLP), and who go on to enrol in an undergraduate degree at Curtin.

Award recipients receive a one-off cash payment of $3,000 towards education-related expenses of their Curtin degree.

Ms Genevieve Hodge, Program Coordinator for SCCYLP, said the Award is a great support system for students and reflects Curtin’s commitment and dedication to Australia’s future leaders.

“The Sir Charles Court Leadership Award is a fantastic opportunity to reward students who have completed the SCCYLP and commence their higher education at Curtin University,” Ms Hodge said.

“We are excited to welcome these future leaders to the University and pleased that two of the students will be giving back as Peer Tutors for the 2016 SCCYLP cohort during the leadership camp in April.”

Mr Mitchell Bruce is one of the first recipients of the Award and will be commencing his Bachelor of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology at Curtin in Semester 1, 2016.
“There are many rewards that come from leading and being involved in both education and the community and I feel very fortunate to have received this Award,” Mr Bruce said.

“Curtin is committed to fostering leadership and a positive learning environment, as well as giving back to its students and Western Australian youth as a whole,” Professor Jill Downie, Curtin Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, said.

“The Sir Charles Court Leadership Award reflects this commitment and we wish the recipients well as they commence their first semester of study.”

The Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program has been running since 1999 and is based on the shared ideals of Sir Charles Court and former Prime Minister John Curtin, which include vision, leadership and community service. Year 10 students who display academic ability, leadership potential and an interest in helping the wider community, are nominated by their school to apply for the program.

Further information regarding the Sir Charles Court Leadership Award and the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program can be found http://life.curtin.edu.au/leadership-and-community/about-sccylp.htm