Local scholarship winner shines

Young Australia League (YAL) has announced the recipients of its 2019 scholarships, including City of Swan resident, Calian Pavlovich.

The nine scholarships are designed to provide young people experiencing disadvantage with the educational support they need to thrive.

Calian has been awarded the $4,000 YAL and City of Swan Lower Secondary Scholarship, delivered in partnership by the City and YAL.

The Ballajura Community College student is responsible, hardworking and reliable, with a talent for sport, music, art and academics.

Calian’s challenge has been difficulties with his writing, a continued struggle that he has worked hard to overcome.

His autism is at the heart of this difficulty and with the help of his mum, teachers and support worker from the Autism Association, he has learnt a variety of different strategies to help him overcome this hurdle.

Calian’s scholarship will go towards his transition to high school.

“Calian has demonstrated extraordinary persistence in working towards his academic and extracurricular goals,” City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said. “He is an excellent role model for young people in the City of Swan. In addition to the scholarship, the City will continue to provide Calian with mentoring and support services. The City’s Youth Development team work with young people to support their active involvement and contribution to the community.”

“Over the past four years YAL and the City of Swan have grown to support many young Australians in guiding them on their educational journeys,” Young Australia League Chair Mary Walker said. “The City of Swan should be commended on its commitment to its youth and determination in bettering their bright futures. YAL thanks the City of Swan for continuing to support YAL and Calian in his next chapter.”

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