ALCOA recently announced various scholarships and grants for the children of families who work for the company.
Of its 54 NatureBridge scholarships, two were won locally by children of families working at Kwinana Refinery.
Michaela Gosby (16) will travel to Olympic National Park and Julian Cox (17) will be based at Yosemite National Park.
As part of the program, they will hike into the national parks and learn to think like scientists while they create their own ecological research project and collect data on these unique eco-systems.
Participants were selected based on responses to open-ended questions, program suitability and recommendation letters.
The recipients of the Alcoa Foundation’s sons and daughter grants program were also announced recently with children from Kwinana and Mandurah in the line-up.
Kwinana-based Alcoa Global Refining Centre of Excellence employee Dean Ilievski has welcomed the news his daughter Jana was one of seven Australian high school students awarded a US$4000 scholarship by the Alcoa Foundation to support their tertiary education in 2016.
Chloe Butler and Cassie Howell, from Frederick Irwin Anglican School, in Mandurah, and Michael Humble from Mandurah Catholic College also received grants.