Guildford university student receives research fellowship to the United States

The Australian Government has awarded a $23,500 research fellowship to Guildford university student Carlo Velayo.

Member for Blaxland Jason Clare congratulated the 27-year-old former Sefton High School student on being selected for the 2012 Endeavour Award fellowship.

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“This fellowship acknowledges Carlo’s hard work and commitment,” said Mr Clare.

The Endeavour Awards by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations provides Australians with opportunities to undertake study, research, and professional development overseas.

Mr Velayo, a post-graduate student at the Australian National University, is planning to conduct his research fellowship at the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the United States.

Mr Velayo’s project aims to establish a pictorial collection of Filipino heritage.

“I’ve always been interested in cultural identity and my own Filipino heritage,” said Mr Velayo.

“This fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m grateful for the chance to be able to go to the United States.”

“Awards like these allow students to realise their full potential and pursue their dreams,” said Mr Clare.

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