Each year, the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship funds an international study tour for a group of Year 10-11 students to learn about the causes and effects of world conflicts and visit the battlefields where Anzacs have fought, to learn about and commemorate their service. The scholarship directly supports the NSW curriculum for students studying Modern History in their senior years.

For 2020, Year 10 student India Dalton of Galston High School has been awarded one of these highly sought-after scholarships. Writing to confirm India’s receipt of the scholarship, Caroline Mackaness, Director Veterans Affairs, noted “both [India’s] submission and interview impressed us and demonstrated she will make an excellent scholar”. Galston High school is one of only 20 schools in the state to have a student receive this unique and exciting scholarship.

Whilst the current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the 2020 tour has had to be postponed, the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA), the body responsible for administering the scholarship, is now working towards the tour going ahead in 2021. This will be dependent upon health advice and the destination will depend on all international travel restrictions having been lifted.

Nonetheless, India’s scholarship and the experience of a lifetime will be waiting for her!

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