There is an inspirational background to the establishment of this prize. The Iwasaki family gave this scholarship opportunity as a gift, held in trust by the Queensland Government, to continue good relations and the learning of Japanese in Queensland. A further goal was the promotion of positive ongoing relations between people of Queensland and people of Kagoshima (Mr Iwasaki’s home town).
Originally, Mr Iwasaki built a resort in Yeppoon. As a result of his dedication to the Rockhampton region, he made it a condition of the Trust setup that one student winner must be selected from this region. The other student winner of the Prize can be chosen from anywhere else in the greater Queensland area.
To be eligible for the Prize, students must submit an application that involves:
· an application as to why they are interested in the scholarship
· a handwritten component in Japanese
· demonstrated ongoing academic merit at their base school
Both girls have used hours of their own time to complete all steps of this rigorous application process. They now have to prepare for the last stage of this process - a telephone interview.
Clare and Kyla study year 11 Japanese via Cairns School of Distance Education (CSDE). Gordonvale SHS students have the opportunity to study a range of foreign languages through CSDE. Staff from both educational institutions wish the girls every success with their telephone interview.