Hills State Liberal MPs David Elliott and Ray Williams have encouraged students currently in Year 9 or 10 to apply for the 2016 Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship, for the opportunity to travel to historic battlefields in which Australian Diggers fought.
The Scholarship program will provide students with the ability to visit the Western Front to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC.
Mr Elliott encouraged local schools in The Hills to participate in the scheme, providing them with the opportunity to represent their school and local community.
“The scholarships will enable students to learn about the history of our Anzacs and share their experience with the community,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Williams said it is important that Australian service men and women are remembered in their local communities.
“The scholars’ pilgrimage to the Western Front will enable the stories of sacrifice and courage by the ANZACs to be passed on to our younger generations,” Mr Williams said.
Each year up to 20 scholarships will be provided to NSW students, providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the key battlefields and memorials associated with the Centenary of ANZAC.
In July 2016 students will be visiting France and Belgium to commemorate the Anzacs who fought on the Western Front during the First World War.
In the past, students have visited a range of battlefields and memorials associated with Australia’s ANZAC legacy including: including South Korea, Turkey, the Western Front, Vietnam and Singapore.
Applications for 2016 will be assessed by a committee including NSW RSL, Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Education.
The Premier’s ANZAC Ambassdors programme, sponsored last year by ClubsNSW, will run separately to the Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship, with details to be announced shortly.