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Sea Cadet receives Chief of Navy Scholarship

Navy Chief Rear Admiral Tony Parr recently presented the Chief of Navy Scholarship to Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer Louise Davidson.

“The scholarship is awarded to serving Sea Cadets who have demonstrated the Navy’s core values of commitment, courage and comradeship to support them in their first year of tertiary study,” RA Parr said.

CPO Cadet Davidson said the scholarship grant of $6000 would enable her to focus on her studies as she begins her bachelor’s degree in commerce, major in accounting and commerce law. With her twin sister also going to university this year, the scholarship would help ease the financial load on her parents.

“Louise has always excelled in her studies” and has successfully balanced these with after-school and Sea Cadet activities, Lt Cdr Jennifer Fagan, Cadet Unit Commander of Training Ship LEANDER, said in her recommendation for CPO Cadet Davidson.

“Being able to prepare herself for university…demonstrates her level of maturity and courage,” she added.

CPO Cadet Davidson joined the Sea Cadets at 13, progressed through the ranks and completed her coxswain qualifications. She is a qualified surf lifesaving instructor, keen skier, boating enthusiast and musician.

Mike Pipes, Chairman of the Sea Cadet Association’s Leander branch, cited in his recommendation for CPO Cadet Davidson that she plans to continue with Sea Cadets through university and to progress through the ranks to become an officer.

“Louise has been an asset to the unit….She has been a great support to her fellow cadets with her friendly can-do attitude,” Mr Pipes said.

Eleven serving Sea Cadets have received the Chief of Navy Scholarship since it was established in 2001. The scholarship supports Sea Cadets in their first year of tertiary study, and demonstrates the Navy’s commitment to the Sea Cadet Corps as an integral and valued part of the Navy family. 

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Editor, Navy Today David McLoughlin
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