Variety Heart Scholarships have closed for 2019; they will be back in 2020.
Some of the previous recipients have gone on to represent Australia on the world stage, whilst others have simply needed help to reach the next stage of development in their talent. Scroll down to read some of their stories.
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What have past Variety Heart Scholarship recipients been up to?
What does a snowboarder do during the Australian summer? Well if you’re Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Ocean, 17, you take your board to Colorado.
The year ahead is full, with a long list of goals Ocean is focusing on coming top three placings in his upcoming competitions, train to continue to build his bag of tricks and create films to attract sponsors. Always Ocean is focused on remaining in the Top 10 Australians on the World Snowboard Tour.
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Ashlyn has an artistic eye and a passion for painting. It’s a way for her to unwind and lose herself in the medium, creating images of intense meaning and beauty. To help Ashlyn pursue her artistic dreams she received a Variety Heart Scholarship in The Arts in 2018.
Dreaming of becoming a robotic engineer Cj put his Variety Heart Scholarship in Education to good use, entering a variety of science competitions and investing a new laptop to allow him to research on the go.
”I enjoy experimenting and making a difference. The area of Science is huge and I get excited about what lays ahead” says Cj.
Charting at number 62 on the iTunes Country Charts was just one of the highlights of the last year for Variety Heart Scholarship Recipient Trinity.
In 2018 Trinity received a Variety Heart Scholarship in The Arts for her songwriting. The Scholarship was awarded to cover lessons, tuition, courses, equipment, and accommodation.
“Receiving the Variety Scholarship was such an honour, it meant the absolute world to me. I was so excited to find out! Because of Variety, and the scholarship, I have had some incredible opportunities, and will have more in the near future, and because of this, I am forever grateful to Variety for all they have done for me.”
When Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Rory, 17, needed to fill a gap in his Year 10 class schedule Japanese seemed like an easy option. He couldn’t have imagined the impact of that decision.
“I got to stay a whole week in Tokyo, then a week in Togane, where I stayed with a family and went to high school. I learned more Japanese in those two weeks than in a whole 18months. The experience of going to Japan, it was incredible, it changed my life and without the Scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to go.”
Read on to find out how Variety Heart Scholarship played a part in Rory’s incredible trip to Japan.
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Kiki, 13, knows what she wants in life – to act.
“I love acting. That’s it. That’s what I want to do with my life. I want to act, be on Broadway. I know I have to study as well as I need a backup plan, but acting is my life, and I am trying to be good academically as well as acting.”
When Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Christopher, 17, discovered rodeo he had no idea it would take him to Las Vegas, representing Australia at the Junior National Rodeo Finals.
“After competing in two rounds, riding my two head of stock I qualified to compete in what they call the short go, after another successful ride my tallied score was announced and I had become the World Champion 14/15 Years Junior Bull Riding Champion.” said Christopher.
Variety Heart Scholarship helps Charlie on her way to becoming a classical musician.
”Charlie’s passions are classical music and art, when she is not on her flute or piano, she is creating art. Music and art bring her great joy along with spending time with her friends, cat, dog and me.” says mum Sharon
The costs of performing at an advanced level, especially for kids living in regional areas, can often limit their ability to pursue their dreams. For Charlie, 17 from Murwillumbah, that dream is of becoming a classical musician of merit.
Dedicating his time to one sport wasn’t enough for Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Oscar, 18, who’s been making a name for himself as a swimmer, footballer, and a cricketer.
The last year has been a whirlwind for Oscar. “My Variety Heart Scholarship has given me the ability to fearlessly commit to my goals.” said Oscar “They have supported so much of my travel and given me independence to make decisions in regards to my training that I otherwise would not have.”
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Julio, 12, has a passion for the ice.
Discovering not just that he loved ice skating, but that he was good at it was a defining moment for Julio. Now he works hard to take every opportunity to skate he can.
“Thanks to the Scholarship we have an opportunity to do more training including ice sessions, off ice sessions, gym, stretch classes. Now we are trying to organise International training camp in the USA. And step to the new level of Julio’s career.” said proud mum Lara.
A self-taught country musician, Piper’s talents are garnering praise across the industry seeing her take to the stage at both the Tamworth Country Music Festival and Bluesfest this year. Her Variety Heart Scholarship in The Arts has been put to good use investing in sound equipment and travel to take her talent to the next level.
“My Variety Heart Scholarship has supported me through accommodation expenses with my non-local gigs, as well as providing me with the opportunity to buy my second electric guitar, and amp, a couple of pedals for it and also some other musical equipment that has been a great help with growing my sound.”
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Gabriella is making waves in the pool.
Gabriella represented her school and then went on to represent Combined Independent Schools (CIS), at the NSW all schools swimming championships in Sydney. Winning two gold and two silver medals at the NSW CIS swimming championships in Sydney, Gabriella also broke a NSW Multi class record in backstroke, previously held by another Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Maddie Elliot. Taking it that next step Gabriella has also been selected to compete in the Australian All schools swimming championships in Hobart.
Not everyone enjoys the sound of a recorder but Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Phoenix, 11, is taking his recorder to the Sydney Opera House.
Phoenix is passionate about his music, taking every opportunity to perform in his local community, at school events, and in competitions. “I like doing what I do and it’s really fun”. said Pheonix
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