Scholarship in memory of John
THE inaugural winner of the John Maxwell Memorial Scholarship says he aspires to be like the well respected community leader.
Mr Maxwell died in a car crash on April 15 last year and the Rock Building Society later established a scholarship in memory of the former chairman.
Eight students applied for the $5000 scholarship and had to demonstrate not only academic achievements but also commitment to the community.
This week 17-year-old Rockhampton resident Benjamin Jones became the first person named as the John Maxwell scholar.
“I was pretty happy. It helped pay a few uni fees,” the first-year CQUniversity accounting student said.
“Winning it gave me a great sense of achievement and pride, particularly knowing how well respected John Maxwell was in the community.”
Mr Jones said he was encouraged at school to look for scholarships to apply for and found The Rock scholarship on the CQUniversity website.
He said he did not plan to study accounting at university but had enjoyed the subject at school last year.
The Rock's managing director Stuart McDonald said the scholarship was a fitting tribute to a “wonderful man”.
“We were delighted to award Benjamin with this inaugural, annual scholarship, which is designed to give him a substantial head start in his future career.”