Scholarship boost for bright Karratha graduate

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Yara general manager Chris Rijksen and scholarship winner Tyler Sharp.
Camera IconYara general manager Chris Rijksen and scholarship winner Tyler Sharp. Credit: Shannon Beattie

One of Karratha Senior High School’s brightest graduates of 2018 has been rewarded for his hard work with a scholarship for his university education.

Tyler Sharp was awarded the Yara Pilbara Academic Excellence Scholarship last week and plans to use the $20,000 to fund his studies at the University of Western Australia.

Yara general manager Chris Rijksen said there are a lot of jobs at the plant that required a university degree, so it was important to promote people.

“We believe it’s important to sponsor local people to do their studies so they can be supported through university,” he said.

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“The intention is to develop more people to a university level so they can come back and work with us in the future.”

“When it comes to the right candidate, Yara are looking for the best, but that doesn’t just mean high grades.

“It means the right work ethic and attitude, plus drive to solve problems, collaborate and take accountability.

“If you look at Tyler’s references from his employers and all the things he’s done outside of school, it’s clear he is the kind of person that we would like to have in the company.”

Tyler plans to spend the next five years at university, first completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science and Engineering and then a Masters in Professional Engineering.

“This scholarship will be a huge help,” he said. “It’s going to cover my course fees.”

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