Wilmot Rd Primary School Year 6 student Jess Trevaskis met with Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell at her office for the school’s Talented Opportunity Potential Scholarship program on Wednesday.
Jess was awarded one of 10 scholarships for senior students after going through an application process, including an interview at the end of last year, and was offered the chance to meet Ms Lovell at her office.
Ms Lovell offered sponsorship for the program and offered to take Jess along to a sitting day of parliament in Melbourne in the future.
‘‘The scholarship program is now in its fifth year and recognises students’ potential and offers them a $500 sponsorship prize and mentoring through the community sponsor,’’ Wilmot Rd Primary School student wellbeing and community relationships co-ordinator Paul Greenwood said.
‘‘Our students really value the scholarship program, the application process results in many applications, and the experiences the successful applicants gain is talked of with great enthusiasm and optimism.
‘‘They can apply at the end of Year 4 and Year 5.’’
Jess said the experience had made her feel more important and trusted.
‘‘I applied in Year 4 and was a bit nervous then, but the second time round I knew what to expect,’’ she said.
Ms Lovell has noticed Jess’ confidence has grown throughout the year.
‘‘Our neighbourhood schools are doing a terrific job in educating our young children and we should be putting more into education from an early age,’’ she said.
‘‘I would encourage businesses and individuals to become a sponsor and be a part of this unique program.’’