Two Mount Isa youth have been rewarded for their talents and positive engagement with community.
Riley, 11 and Ezekiel, 17, were announced the Young, Black and Proud Scholarship winners on Monday September 23, which supports the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who require financial support for schooling, university, the arts or sporting activities.
Principal Commissioner of Queensland Family and Child Commission Cheryl Vardon said the scholarship was part of an ongoing commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
"We are so proud of the achievements and continuing dedication of all the young people who took the time to submit a scholarship application," Ms Vardon said.
"This year we have been inundated with applications filled with young people's passions, talents and aspirations for the future which has been a humbling experience.
"The YBPS helps young people be one step closer to achieving their goals."
The first recipient was 17 year old Wangkamahdla boy Ezekiel.
Ezekiel not only loves rugby league but also volunteering and being involved in school activities as much as possible.
"I am currently working and have been trying hard to successfully complete Year 12," Ezekiel said.
"After completing Year 12, I would like to return to my community and get a traineeship in mining or an apprenticeship in carpentry to become a builder."
The second winner was young 11 year old Yidinjdi, Mbabaram, Kalkadoon and Waanyi boy Riley.
Riley enjoys hanging out with friends, and playing sports, especially rugby league where he one day dreams of playing professionally.
"This scholarship has helped my mum and I out a great deal financially. I live in the remote mining town of Mount Isa and the prices for flights are quite expensive for me to be able to attend the sporting events I am selected for," Riley said.
Riley said his goals were to continue working towards getting good grades at school and being the best house captain and school council member he can be.
Ms Vardon said the applications demonstrated commitment, dedication, and persistence of young people as they overcome the barriers to achieving their goals as well as their commitment to bettering the future for others.
The Young, Black and Proud scholarship was created by the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
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