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Reaping rewards from outstanding academic results

St Benedict’s Deputy Principal Candi Dempster joined former student Bethany
Conroy at the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation at QUT

OUTSTANDING academic results have helped former St Benedict’s College, Mango Hill, students Bethany Conroy gain a QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and a place at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2018 International Program in London.

In the short time since leaving the college, the Foundation student and 2017 graduate was one of 120 students who were successful in securing a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, valued at $30,000, after obtaining outstanding academic results in Year 12.

Bethany, who was currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), will now join 500 of the world’s leading young scientists from more than 75 participating countries after she received an invitation to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). 

The two-week residential program, held at Imperial College, London, includes lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations.

Bethany said she was honoured to receive a scholarship to study Engineering with Honours at QUT’s Gardens Point Campus.

“I feel very privileged to be part of this elite group of QUT students who not only receive financial support but exclusive opportunities for networking, support, camps, exchanges and career development,” she said.

She said she also was extremely grateful to the staff of St Benedict’s College, her parents and her peers who always supported her academic endeavours.

“Being in the first graduating class from St Benedict’s College in 2017 provided wonderful opportunities to work closely as part of a small group of Year 12 students and access support and mentoring from exceptional staff," Bethany said.

"Especially my Maths, English and Science teachers who generously supported me with their time, expertise and professional guidance.

“These teachers and school leaders, including Deputy Principal, Candi Dempster, encouraged and supported me in applying for many scholarships,” she said.

Mrs Dempster said the college community was very proud of Bethany’s outstanding achievements in the short space of time since graduating St Benedict’s College.


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