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Five Wanganui young people have been selected to receive $300 to help them reach their potential in things they are interested or involved, from the second round of the Youth Committee's $300ship scheme.

The scheme was started by the Youth Committee this year and the recipients are chosen by a panel of Youth Councillors who assess the applications and interview some of the young people.

The $300ships have been awarded to the following young people:

Lara Hawker, aged 17. The $300 will be used towards funding to enable Lara to attend the Rotary Science and Technology Forum in January 2012. She has been working part-time to save up money to attend the Forum and hopes to gain an insight into the opportunities for science based jobs which will help her decide whether to pursue a degree in Chemistry.

Jessica McLachlan, aged 14. Jessica hopes to become a dance teacher and is training at a level where she requires expensive pointe shoes and fees for further examinations. The scholarship will help to pay for these expenses as she continues her ballet studies.

Hannah Clow, aged 16. The $300 will be used towards paying for a three week Outward Bound course Hannah is attending in December. She hopes to gain skills including leadership, perseverance and self-confidence which she will benefit from through her last year at school and beyond.

Geoffrey Bunker, aged 19. Geoffrey will use the money to continue developing his career in making and selling glass items. He will be able to further practice his techniques and create new products to sell.

Georgia Flower, aged 17. The $300 will allow Georgia to focus on her training as a Senior Division competitor in javelin. She will be able to buy a training javelin and better quality javelin spikes which will help her to adjust to different throwing techniques.

"The $300ship's is a great scheme that can make a big difference to these youth," says Cr Jack Bullock, Chair of the Youth Committee.

"These young people have shown great commitment to their chosen activities and the funding will help them get closer to achieving their goals. It's great to know we have such dedicated and talented young people in Wanganui, who are getting out there and trying to make their dreams happen.

"Not only that but we are able to get more information about youth interests and expenses that could help us with future initiatives. It really is a great scheme and I'm sure the Youth Committee will be keen to continue with it."

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