“I am extremely honoured to be attending the school on the Geoff Brooks Scholarship. The scholarship has changed my life and provided an otherwise unavailable opportunity, which has inspired me to broaden my horizons and achieve goals that I would never have thought possible. The generosity of the Brooks family has allowed me to fulfil my potential and that is something for which I will be forever grateful.” – Thomas McClelland, recipient of the Geoff Brooks Scholarship.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up in a small town called Woomelang, VIC. In 2005, I was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer and despite a short relapse, I am now in full remission! In 2015, I took a leap of faith and applied for a scholarship at Ballarat Clarendon College. I was awarded the Geoff Brooks Memorial Scholarship and moved into the boarding house to start the next chapter in my life.
I am currently completing Year 12, and am proud to be representing the Boys boarding house as one of the leaders. I am studying Sport and Recreation, Psychology, Business Management, English Language, Further Mathematics and completed Health and Human Development last year. Next year I hope to continue studying and complete a Bachelor of Nursing in Melbourne.
Why did you want to come to Ballarat Clarendon College?
I wanted to come to Clarendon College, to give myself the best chance of making the most of my potential, and enhance my capabilities to ensure that when my time at school finishes, I can make the most of every opportunity.
What does attending Ballarat Clarendon College mean to you?
For me, to be able to attend a school like Clarendon College, is something extremely special. Having the chance to be surrounded by so much potential and such a high quality of teaching is an upmost privilege. It’s definitely not something I take for granted and I thank the Brooks family every day for allowing me such an amazing opportunity.
Would you be able to attend Ballarat Clarendon College without the Scholarship Program?
I definitely would not have been able to attend Clarendon College if I had not received such a generous scholarship. The scholarship completely changed my life and it is something I am so honoured to be associated with and will be forever grateful for.
What advice would you offer to younger students?
Make the most of every opportunity you come across. You get 13 years to make the most of school so make each one count. Try not to have any regrets, don’t ever sit back and think ‘I wish I had done that.’ Instead, just do it and if it ends up being the wrong decision, learn from it. Surround yourself with people who have similar values to you and who make you the best person you can be. Lastly, dream big.