RECOGNISED: Karla Van Huyssteen has been awarded a $20K scholarship for her academic achievement.
RECOGNISED: Karla Van Huyssteen has been awarded a $20K scholarship for her academic achievement. Contributed

2015 Riverside captain awarded $20K scholarship

THE WORLD awaits for 2015 Riverside Christian College school captain Karla van Huyssteen, who has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The prestigious Renouf Family Scholarship was given to the young scholar for her academic achievement, and has opened up her opportuntites for studying overseas.

Karla said the scholarship would make a big difference to her university life and open the door to many new opportunities.

"I plan to put the funds towards expanding my research skills and international travel through USC's Study Overseas program," Karla said. 

The OP3 student received the scholarship in recognition of her impressive achievements during her senior school years.

As well as being dux of her school, Karla represented Wide Bay at the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra, won the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Service Award and placed second in USC's Pixi Science Award in 2014. 

A keen interest in science and research inspired her to enrol this year in a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Deans Scholars Program at USC's main campus at Sippy Downs.

The program allows Karla to complete a double degree in three years and is tailored to her needs by providing her with a senior academic mentor.

"I chose this program because of my love for science and interest in research and because it has a range of interest areas from biotechnology to animal ecology, which gives flexibility to my degree," Karla said.

"I hope it will become the foundation for my knowledge and experience, leading to either a career in secondary education or through pursuing research by completing my PhD." 



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