Swan View SHS trio awarded Young Australia League scholarships

Past scholarship winners Kawlija-Merle Brahim, Bertha Moore and Shontae Coyne. Picture: Matt Jelonek d481044
Past scholarship winners Kawlija-Merle Brahim, Bertha Moore and Shontae Coyne. Picture: Matt Jelonek d481044

A TRIO of students from Swan View were overjoyed, relieved and cried tears of joy when they received financial support to help pursue their dreams.

Swan View Senior High School students Kawlija-Merle Brahim (14), Bertha Moore (13) and Shontae Coyne (15) were among 10 WA students to win Young Australia League (YAL) scholarships.

Presented to the students last month, the scholarships support youth experiencing hardships due to social circumstances, disability or distance.

Kawlija-Merle and Shontae each received the upper secondary scholarship of up to $3000 per annum from Year 10-12 while Bertha was given the lower secondary scholarship of up to $2000 for her Year 7-9 studies.

Year 10 student Kawlija-Merle said she was overjoyed, speechless and cried with pride to have received the financial support which would alleviate the pressure from her mother in having to pay for technology or excursions.

“Knowing I have the funds to purchase a laptop, pay my school fees and to be able to attend all camps and excursions until I graduate is such a relief for me and my family,” she said.

“I feel blessed to have this support and opportunity and am looking forward to being an ambassador for the program.

“Get ready to see me follow my dreams.”

As a representative for the UN Youth Leadership Program this July in New Zealand, Kawlija-Merle was also selected for a Sydney University Summer School extension program and has aspirations to study education and psychology.

Bertha, who wants to become a drama or primary school teacher, said the scholarship gave her peace of mind while also being a positive role model to her eight younger brothers and sisters.

Having lost her mother when she was five years old and her father now living in a nursing home, Shontae said being awarded the scholarship was hard to comprehend.

Wanting to study medicine at university, Shontae said she grabbed every opportunity that came her way, including being selected for a Sydney University Summer School extension program.

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