This month, a student at Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton Destiny McIntosh (15) received a marine scholarship to join a Youth Develop Voyage onboard the STS Leeuwin II.

The Rotary Club of Batavia Coast and Lions Club of Greenough funded two scholarships in March. These scholarships are currently available to Geraldton youth interested in a career in the marine environment or maritime industry for an experience onboard the STS Leeuwin II.

The resident of Karloo has a keen interest in fishing, diving and sailing which she hopes to turn into a career in marine biology. Destiny will board the 1707 Geraldton to Fremantle voyage in June of this year.

“I am in love with the marine environment and would like to work on what I should be doing, as it gets further to my future career,” says Destiny.

Destiny will also be travelling for two weeks to Indonesia this year which will see her earn a diving certificate.

“I am currently involved in a science expedition to Indonesia to learn about marine biology and flora and fauna,” says Destiny.

The Leeuwin voyages offer the opportunity for development in skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork through the unique medium of sailing a tall ship.

Throughout the week participants are involved in all aspects of sailing the ship from climbing aloft, hauling the lines, setting the sails, navigation and taking part in night watches.

Applications are still open for the scholarship and forms can be found online. The scholarship covers $1,375 of the $2,250 fare.

The Leeuwin Foundation is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provide key life skills for young people aged 14-25 that they will take into their studies, careers and community.

Since 1986, the Leeuwin has provided exciting and life-changing programs to more than 40,000 young people from across Australia.

The voyages aim to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community.