Remember the name Bonnie Cabot.
She is the nine-year-old winner of St Andrew’s School’s Stewart Family STEM Scholarship for 2021 – and she is determined to use it as a stepping-stone towards making the world a better place.
St Andrews STEM scholarship
The three-year STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – scholarship is available to young girls wishing to study at St Andrew’s School in Years 4, 5 and 6 and aims to help address the historical underrepresentation of women in these fields. It is offered, through the St Andrew’s School Foundation, by the Stewart family, whose daughter Ava showed exceptional skills and unbridled passion for all aspects of STEM while a student at the school.
“I’m so grateful to the Stewart family for this scholarship and I can’t wait to learn more about all the amazing women and what they’re achieving in STEM careers,” Bonnie said.
“When I look around, I see that science, technology, engineering and maths are so important in our world. I look up to everyone in these areas working to make the world a better place, especially the scientists who are currently developing a vaccine for coronavirus and those tackling climate change. I hope to do the same, protecting our oceans and marine life, as a marine biologist.”
St Andrews Bright Futures Centre
The awarding of this year’s scholarship coincides with the recent sod-turning that will see the school’s Kennion House transformed into the innovative Bright Futures Centre (working title), and advanced educational facility designed to further promote STEM education.
At the sod-turning ceremony in early January 2021 – which included a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Ivan-Tiwu Copley OAM – Stewart family representative Talei Stewart congratulated Bonnie on her achievement and said she hoped the scholarship would help the budding young scientist to explore and enhance her interest in STEM subjects and go on to achieve great things in marine biology.
“The Stewart family sincerely hopes that, through this ongoing scholarship, we will help to excite and stimulate young female minds and, in the process, allow them to achieve their dreams in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions,” she said.
It’s a sentiment with which Bonnie certainly concurs, adding that she is thrilled that St Andrew’s School will soon have a dedicated Bright Futures Centre, where a combination of curious students, amazing teachers and fantastic facilities will put every dream within reach.
About St Andrew’s School
St Andrew’s School, located in Walkerville, is a leading South Australian independent co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7.
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