Year 11 St John Fisher College student, Jessica Pinto has been selected for the prestigious University of Queensland Young Scholar Program.
The program selects 220 high achieving students from across the State, to provide academic extension and enrichment, whilst igniting their passion for leadership and change. Selection was based on academic excellence, leadership achievements; and the significant contribution students have made to their school or community.
Jessica was required to submit her academic reports, an endorsement letter from College Principal Cathy Galvin and a 300-word statement outlining her involvement within the College as well as in the wider community.
“The program is very competitive and sought after, so I feel pretty overwhelmed and excited to be accepted," remarks Jessica.
“I was drawn to the program because it aims to create future leaders and advocates for change, and this is something I am passionate about".
“I don't exactly know what I want to do in the future, but I know I want to help people and make a difference to the world.
“The UQ Young Scholars Program will open my eyes to a range of opportunities and career paths," said Jessica.
“Jessica represents and embodies the very spirit of St John Fisher College and we are thrilled that she has been granted this unique opportunity," said College Principal, Ms Cathy Galvin.
“She demonstrates how you can balance academic rigour with compassion and care and we have no doubt she will go far- the world is her oyster".
The Program will be held from 25-29th November at UQ St Lucia campus where students will be challenged to think critically about some of the world's major issues, whilst exposing them to a wide range of potential study opportunities.