Anzac Scholarship Unlocks Historic Battlefields for NSW Students

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Local high schools can now apply for the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, which will give 20 students the chance to see the important battlefields that fill the pages of Australia’s military story.

Selected Year 10 and 11 History students will visit significant sites and battlegrounds in Germany, France and Belgium to deepen their understanding of the causes of war and to commemorate the service of Australians in World Wars I and II.

Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea encouraged local secondary schools to submit an expression of interest for the scholarship program, which will give local students the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Walking in the footsteps of Australian soldiers and support personnel is an unparalleled educational experience. The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity for students to be moved by the sacrifice of our defence personnel and to share this with their peers,” Mr O’Dea said.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs David Elliott said the scholarship tour would enable students to better appreciate the sacrifice and courage of service men and women.

“As the Centenary of Anzac draws to a close, it is vital we teach the Anzac story to new generations so Australia’s military contributions can be honoured for centuries to come,” Mr Elliott said.

NSW secondary schools are now eligible to submit an online application to enter a ballot for the scholarship. The 20 successful schools will then select three potential scholars based on a piece of work that features key themes from the NSW History Curriculum. One scholar will then be selected from each school to travel on the tour.

Schools can submit an expression of interest until 10am on 15 October 2018. Visit http://bit.ly/pams2019 for more information.