Making life easier

Drummer Branden Taseff with his scholarship.
Drummer Branden Taseff with his scholarship.

PURSUING their dreams will become easier for several northern suburbs youngsters who received a Variety scholarship at a ceremony at the Heath Ledger Theatre last Tuesday.

More than $120,000 worth of scholarships across the arts, sports and education sector were presented to 42 young people from across Perth living with illness, disability or disadvantage to help fund specialist tuition and related expenses.

Amy Ramses (14), of Kingsley, received a scholarship for modelling, dancing and singing tuition.

She is an enthusiastic performer and the scholarship will help her pursue her dream of becoming a professional entertainer.

Duncraig’s Isaac Ponga (12) received a scholarship for swimming equipment.

He competed in the 2014 WA Disabled Sports Association state championship games and won gold medals in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.

The scholarship will enable him to receive specialised training and work towards his dream to represent WA in the Paralympics.

Samantha Mirtsis (10), of Banksia Grove, received a scholarship for singing and drama tuition and equipment.

She is an aspiring performer and member of her school choir and the scholarship will enable her to continue with her tuition in singing and guitar.

Also of Banskia Grove, Braydan Porter (6) received a scholarship for motocross equipment.

His scholarship will provide him with specialised equipment and race fees so he can continue on the race track building confidence and friendships.

Madeley’s Branden Taseff received a scholarship to help with his drum lessons.

Since 1996, more than 240 scholarships have been awarded.

Applications for the 2016 round of Variety scholarship funding will open later this year.