High school students from across the State have an incredible opportunity to develop their understanding of the Anzac legacy by applying for a scholarship to visit battlefields and memorial sites where Australians fought overseas
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott today launched the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship and encouraged expressions of interest from schools around the state.
The scholarship is available to Year 10 and 11 students with a keen interest in history. Mr Elliott said he hopes schools will take up the opportunity to be a part of the program.
“These scholarships enable young history buffs to visit key battlefields and memorial sites where our Anzac history is brought to life,” Mr Elliott said. “In 2017 scholars will visit Flanders, Belgium, and commemorate 100 years since the British offensive on the town of Ypres in which Australia lost 38,000 men.”
The 12-day tour will also take in other significant Australian battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France including Villiers Bretonneux, Pozieres and Fromelles.
“This is a unique opportunity, one that offers scholars insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the birth of the Anzac legend,” Mr Elliott said.
“I encourage schools to get involved and to get behind those students representing NSW on the 2017 tour.”
Government, Catholic and independent schools that submit an expression of interest will go into a ballot which will be drawn on 21 November. The 20 schools selected will then nominate one student each to take part in the 2017 tour.
Expressions of interest can be lodged online until 5pm Monday 14 November at www.veterans.nsw.gov.au