Ross and Andy Powell’s passion for volunteering, education and agriculture will live on through a new scholarship fund announced today.
The Powell family, along with the local community, has made a substantial donation to establish the fund and today Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan announced an additional $100,000 contribution from the Federal Department of Education and Training.
The Powell Legacy Fund will be administered by the DemoDAIRY Foundation which is already structured as a charity and set up to manage grants and scholarships.
Ross, 71, and Andy, 32, were life-long members of the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club (PCSLSC) and very active in the CFA and SES. They were also prominent figures in the local dairy farming industry.
Last Easter, they tragically died after their boat flipped during the rescue of a 30 year-old man from the entrance of the Sherbrook River near the Twelve Apostles.
PCSLSC president Scott McKenzie said the fund would provide grants and scholarships in recognition of Ross and Andy’s work in volunteering, education and agriculture.
“These areas represent the passions of Ross and Andy and the Powell Legacy Fund is a fitting legacy of their efforts in their community,” he said.
“The three areas of education, agriculture, and volunteering will be the focus of the grants – with an emphasis on furthering skills and contributing to the community.”
Mr McKenzie said the fund would be flexible and offered across a broad range of activities that meet these criteria, with the focus on supporting young people as they transition from school to post-secondary education and their careers.
A local subcommittee has been formed consisting of representatives from Timboon P12 School, PCSLSC and other local organisations. This group will assess applications and advise the board of the DemoDAIRY Foundation on successful applications.
It is envisaged that the fund will be disbursed over a 10-year period.
More information, including application forms and criteria will soon be available via the DemoDAIRY Foundation website www.demodairy.com.au