A KARRINYUP resident who dreams of creating universal access to clean water has won WA’s 2018 Rhodes Scholarship.
Robert Ferritto (23) will study a masters of philosophy in water science, policy and management at the University of Oxford after winning the prestigious scholarship.
The former Hale School student graduated from Curtin University with honours in chemical engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Mr Ferritto said the scholarship would help him achieve his dream of creating universal access to clean water and sanitation.
“This is an incredible opportunity that will help me chase after my dream to help others,” he said.
“When families lack access to clean water in developing nations and remote Australia, children – particularly females – surrender their education, childhood and safety, to collect water and help their families survive.
“My dream is to make access to clean water and sanitation universal, to even out people’s circumstances of birth and grant society’s most vulnerable the basic rights and opportunities I have.”
Mr Ferritto visited his former school earlier this month to talk to Year 11 Hale students about his educational journey.