Nathan Capps receiving his scholarship from University of the Sunshine Coast vice-chancellor Professor Greg Hill.
Nathan Capps receiving his scholarship from University of the Sunshine Coast vice-chancellor Professor Greg Hill. Contributed

Teen on the path to success

NOT every teenager would drive more than six hours in total every fortnight to help save lives, but the passion of Gayndah youngster Nathan Capps has definitely paid off.

Nathan, who has a passion for surf lifesaving, has just been awarded a $6000 Vice-Chancellor's Merit scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

He graduated with an OP5 from Burnett State College last year and will start his Bachelor of Primary Education this week.

The 17-year-old was one of 56 scholarship recipients to be honoured at the University of the Sunshine Coast's undergraduate scholarships presentation ceremony on Monday, February 13.

Nathan said he was very excited about studying at USC because he had been accepted into his dream course and could continue as a volunteer lifesaver at Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club.

"I have been with Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club for the past five years and about every second weekend my parents have driven me from Gayndah to the Sunshine Coast," he said.

"I believe teaching is a great profession and a way for me to contribute to the community and to future generations."

Nathan said he would use his scholarship to pay for textbook and tuition fees.

He hopes to one day become a school principal.



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