Kalumburu resident Donald Imberlong, who boards at Hale School in Perth, was recently awarded a highly coveted 2012 Defence Technical Scholarship from the Department of Defence.
Donald was one of four Hale School students, selected from more than 2300 applications, to receive the scholarship.
Defence Technical Scholarships are open to students in Year 11 and 12 who are interested
in pursuing a technical career in the Navy, Army or Air Force after completing Year 12.
The scholarships were created to generate knowledge of the technical trade careers available in the Australian Defence Force, and to reward technically savvy students for staying at school and enrolling in specific subjects.
Recipients are not obliged to join the Defence Force after completing their secondary education.
Applicants were required to demonstrate knowledge of a technical trade by confirming they were enrolled in a materials, design and technology course at school.
They also had to complete a number of written activities demonstrating their knowledge about the Australian Defence Force and why they would be suitable for a trade career in the ADF.
Applicants had to describe in detail what they would do in a particular situation.
Year 11 recipients receive $2000 and Year 12 recipients receive $3000.
Donald planned to share some of his money and save the rest.
“I plan to give a portion to my grandad to invest in the share market and the remainder I am still deciding about so will stay in the bank for now,” he said.