Andy Thomas Scholar announced

Andy Thomas scholar George Young with an image of Andy.

Andy Thomas scholar George Young with an image of Andy.
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Tuesday, 4 February 2003

George Young is the latest student to receive the prestigious Andy Thomas scholarship from the University of Adelaide.

The scholarship, named after one of the University's most distinguished graduates, NASA astronaut Dr Andrew Thomas, is awarded for academic excellence to a new student undertaking Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering.

The scholarship pays for all tuition fees and provides the recipient with an annual allowance of $5000.

Aged 16, from Kalangadoo in South Australia's southeast (50 kms north of Mt Gambier), George Young has achieved great academic success.

For the past two years he has been a boarder at Rostrevor College in Adelaide. He achieved perfect 20-out-of-20 scores in Maths 1, Maths 2, Physics, Chemistry and English, and a Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 99.95.

Last year he won the OneSteel prize for the student with the highest aggregate score in Maths 1, Maths 2, Physics and Chemistry, and the Tennyson Medal for the highest-ranking English student, judged ahead of almost 3400 other students in the subject.

At the University of Adelaide George will undertake a double-degree in Mechatronic Engineering and Maths and Computer Science.

"I've always liked building things," he says. "Mechatronics interested me because it's a more modern concept of engineering, combining elements of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

"I also love maths, which is why I'm doing the double-degree," he says.

George was offered places at Melbourne University and ANU, but decided to attend Adelaide thanks primarily to the scholarship and because of the proximity to home.

"I was very happy to get the scholarship. My parents have been paying for board for quite a while now, so I'm glad that it will take some of the burden off my parents and give me some financial independence."

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