Teen attracts scholarships

ELISIA SEEBERSound Telegraph

The future is bright for Port Kennedy teenager Cameron Smith whose year began with plentiful study options and four scholarship choices.

After graduating from Comet Bay College as dux of the school last year, the 17-year-old was offered three Curtin University scholarships and a BHP Billiton industry scholarship.

Curtin offered Cameron the John De Laeter Scholarship worth $25,000, handed to only one science or maths undergraduate student across WA, a Science or Engineering Excellence Scholarship worth $15,000 and the Principal’s Recommendation Award worth $1000.

Cameron said it was a clear choice to accept the John De Laeter Scholarship.

He said the icing on the cake was being awarded the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship worth $22,000 which would secure him an extra $2200 a semester.

Cameron, who has Asperger’s syndrome, scored an ATAR of 97.5 and was put on the Curtin StepUp regional pathway, boosting his score to 99.5.

He said it was exciting to embark on a new chapter of his life with a financial boost.

Cameron has chosen a double degree, bachelor of science (physics) and bachelor of engineering (electronic communication engineering) at Curtin.

Cameron’s mother, Vicki Smith, said it was superb her son achieved rewards for his hard work, tipping he would graduate almost debt-free.

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