A MARANGAROO teenager has won a scholarship to complete his Year 12 studies at a Darch school.
Joseph Carlos (16) has received $3000 towards his tuition at Kingsway Christian College.
The scholarship, provided by the City of Wanneroo and Young Australia League, is for upper secondary students needing financial help to achieve their educational goals.
Joseph’s father had motor neurone disease and died in 2011, leaving his mother Janet to raise three children.
His younger sister moved from the college to a public school because of financial pressures but the family was reluctant for Joseph to transfer as he had one year of school remaining.
Joseph said it was an honour to receive the scholarship.
“I have not received a scholarship like this before and it will assist with school fees and educational material,” he said.
“I feel like it is going to help me hugely continuing Year 12 at Kingsway Christian College.”
He has been a part of the Australian Air Force Cadets for four years and hopes to pursue a career in aviation or aeronautical engineering.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts praised Joseph and his family’s determination in ensuring his education did not suffer despite their challenges.
“Joseph’s family has shown incredible strength in extremely trying circumstances, the children provided loving care for their father for a year after he became a quadriplegic while their mother worked FIFO,” she said.
“This shows deep love and respect and are admirable qualities.”