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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    New ballet scholarship honours Allison Baden-Clay

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    New ballet scholarship honours Allison Baden-Clay

    The Palaszczuk Government has announced a new scholarship to honour the memory of Allison Baden-Clay which will assist talented young ballet students realise their dreams.

    Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the scholarship on Strive To Be Kind Day, the annual day held by The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation to commemorate Allison and to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and the need for respectful relationships. The Premier was also today named as an Ambassador for the Foundation, joinging the current Ambassadors, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Sharyn Ghidella.

    “As a tribute to Allison’s memory, I am honoured to announce this very special initiative, the Allison Baden-Clay Senior Program Scholarship at the Queensland Ballet Academy, which recognises Allison’s love of dance and willingness to help others," the Premier said.

    “The $5,000 scholarship will assist young dancers who have shown potential but who require financial assistance to help them to keep learning and pursue their dreams."

    The annual scholarship will be awarded for the next three years with funding to support the tuition of a senior high school student to undertake the Queensland Ballet Academy’s Senior Program for Year 12 students.

    “I know Allison would be thrilled that the scholarship will support a young dancer working to realise their dance ambitions as they start on their path to professional and personal fulfilment," Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The Queensland Ballet Academy offers world-class training programs for gifted students and the Senior Program trains students who are also completing school studies and ballet training during Years 10, 11 and 12 of high school.

    “Allison’s tragic death and the continuing work of The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation serve as reminders of the huge impact domestic and family violence has in our community.

    “This scholarship will also serve as a reminder of the importance of nurturing our young people, providing them with safe environments and helping them to develop their full potential."

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