Citizenship award opens for applications from Dumbleyung’s youth

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Shire president Julie Ramm, 2019 award recipient James Lee & Anne Verheggen (daughter of Robert & Daphne McIntyre)
Camera IconShire president Julie Ramm, 2019 award recipient James Lee & Anne Verheggen (daughter of Robert & Daphne McIntyre) Credit: Supplied

Applications for the Robert and Daphne McIntyre Citizenship Award are now open with $3000 available to help Dumbleyung’s youth pay for their education.

In August 2008, Robert McIntyre wrote to the Shire of Dumbleyung Council with a proposal for an annual student scholarship donated every year by Robert and Daphne McIntyre.

The creation of the award recognises the pioneering work done by Mr McIntyre’s parents and grandparents who arrived in the Dumbleyung district in 1908.

Previous recipients have used the money to buy a laptop for university studies. Others have put it towards their tertiary expenses or sporting camps.

Applicants must demonstrate leadership, energy, enterprise, participation, work ethic at school and home, and the potential to complete tertiary entrance examinations or its equivalent.

According to the Shire, one of the main benefits of the award has been the learning experience provided by the selection and interview process.

A Shire spokesperson said the donation from Robert and Daphne McIntyre gave the next generation the opportunity to learn new skills and bring them back into the community.

Applications opened last Friday and close on Monday, July 13.

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