Year 12 student Martin Floro from Trinity Grammar School recently completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and before exam results have even been released he has made his mark. Martin is the only NSW winner of a prestigious Bond University Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship.
The scholarship is one of the University’s most prestigious and difficult to win, with only 12 out of more than 800 applicants being successful. Students are selected on the basis of exceptional academic achievement, proven leadership ability and personal character. They have been identified by their teachers and peers for their commitment to their community and their willingness to help and inspire others.
The eligibility criteria requires a predicted ATAR of 99.95 - 94.95 (IB 45 - 37), demonstrated strong leadership skills and extensive involvement in extra-curricular activities. Scholarship winners receive full remission of tuition for any double degree programme (excluding the medical programme) and an invitation to participate in the Vice Chancellor’s mentoring programme which connects each scholar with an influential corporate mentor, and is intended to cultivate industry links, networks and business acumen.
The process of selection saw Martin undertake three stages of rigorous interviews, including an extensive weekend on campus. Martin credits Trinity Grammar School with his success: “Trinity put me in an amazing position for the scholarship on so many fronts. I have had many opportunities to develop leadership skills, and Trinity’s emphasis on the development of boys both inside and outside the classroom was absolutely instrumental to the success of my application.
I received incredible support from staff for my application. I got an email offering to conduct a practice interview before I’d even had the chance to see the email from Bond University offering me an interview! This was very helpful and I’m certain it played a crucial part in my success.”
Asked how he felt when he learned of his successful application, Martin is quick to respond: “Actually, I was quite surprised! It was a three-step process, so getting through each round was a series of little successes. I knew there were in excess of 800 applicants, and given the value of the scholarship I wasn’t expecting to be successful.
After the interviews the candidature was reduced to around 26. I flew up to Bond University for a rigorous selection weekend. I was satisfied that I had done all that I could but I really wasn’t sure how well I’d performed. As you can imagine this only added to my surprise when I received the call from Bond’s Vice Chancellor to inform me of the success of my application.”
Martin intends to take up his scholarship by pursuing an International Relations and Law double degree. “It was a significant relief to no longer have the pressure of securing university entrance,” said an ecstatic Martin.
The IB is an alternative to the HSC and in growing in popularity. Almost half of Trinity’s 2017 Year 12 cohort completed the IB instead of the HSC. The IB is intended to provide an education that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. It aims to develop students that are well prepared for university and who:
- have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
- flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- study at least two languages
- excel in traditional academic subjects
- explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory Of Knowledge course.
Martin reflects on the IB: “The IB developed me more as a person, as we were required to complete 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service, as well as being subject to the Learner Profile, Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Through these programmes, I have learnt to think differently.”
The IB had also afforded Martin practical skills that he has already implemented: “With the knowledge I gained from the Business Management course, I recently started a business with a number of other IB graduates from around Australia, to conduct online tutoring for students, of all levels, all around the world.”
“When a Trinity student wins a prestigious scholarship such as this, it brings great pride to our School community. We’re very proud of Martin and all that he has achieved. He is an exceptional young man who has already enjoyed some amazing achievements,” concluded Trinity’s Master of the Senior School, Dr Heath De Lany.
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