Medina student to travel to the US as part of a Leap program scholarship

Medina student to travel to the US as part of a Leap program scholarship

WHEN an opportunity to travel to the USA on a scholarship was presented to students at Curtin University, Jonathan Daly thought he would apply.

Mr Daly, from Medina, is studying a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at Curtin University.

The scholarship was offered to selected Curtin University students to attend the LEAP program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The program involves learning leadership skills, goal setting and the power of mentoring others.

“They put a call out to submit an application for the program and we had to submit our academic record,” Mr Daly said.

“We also had to list our goals and aspirations and as I had been helping some students with their studies, I thought it was an opportunity to be able to more of that.”

Curtin University spokeswoman Lauren Sydoruk said the scholarship was available thanks to a partnership between Curtin University’s Leadership Centre and the LEAP Foundation.

“The LEAP Program, which runs from July 24-30, includes exciting, influential workshops, inspiring guest speakers and the opportunity to make lifelong friends and memories,” she said.

“Students will be housed in the UCLA dormitories and attend a week of day and evening development activities, including mentor workshops, tours and presentations from high profile speakers.”

Mr Daly will join 500 other young leaders from across the world to develop the fundamental leadership tools that are integral to creating success.

He said accommodation and food would be covered but he had to pay for his own flights.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a spin-out for me to have been selected; my family’s pretty excited, they are working class.

“Mum was pretty shocked and then she got worried but she’s really happy for me.”

The LEAP Foundation was formed in 2008 and is committed to leadership, excellence and accelerating potential.

It is a not-for-profit organisation committed to educating young adults about goal-setting, effective communication, and the invaluable power of mentorship.