Bill Foley Education & Cricket Scholarship
The Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club, in conjunction with The Foley Family Trust, has established the Bill Foley Education Scholarship. The Scholarship perpetuates the memory of Bill Foley, long-time stalwart of the Cricket community throughout the State of Victoria and in particular in Cricket Administration with the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association, the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club and the South East Country Region. Bill was President of the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club when he died in September 2007 at the age of 72.
Amongst Bill's passions were the value of cricket and education in building young peoples’ opportunities in life and a value base to become engaged participants in the community. The Scholarship, valued at $10,000 a year, is to assist an aspiring young cricketer under the age of 21 years with his or her cricket and education costs. The Scholarship is to be awarded annually – for at least five years. This was a wonderful gesture by the late Bill Foley and the Foley Family.
In keeping with Bill’s philosophy, the Scholarship holder will be of good character, be an aspiring cricketer with development potential who plays in accordance with the “spirit of the game”, have cricketing links to the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club and/or the South East Country Region and be undertaking or have made a binding commitment to a suitable post-secondary education undertaking – whether as a Vocational or Academic pursuit.
A special moment of the annual Presentation Night of 2012/13 saw Joel Reid officially presented with the Bill Foley Cricket and Education Scholarship for the 2013 academic year. The scholarship was presented by Genevieve Foley, one of Bill’s daughters. She was supported by various members of the Foley family, where the legacy of FPCC’s former President was once again honoured in a special manner. Joel has played 59 matches for FPCC since his debut in 2009/10, one year after his older brother Luke arrived at the club. Joel received the honour of being selected to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. He remains committed to the club, sailing back to the mainland to play as soon as his final exam is completed for the year! This scholarship will assist with the costs involved to travel back to visit his family and to play cricket, along with supporting the living costs away from home at University.
The Bill Foley Education and Cricket Scholarship for the 2012 Academic Year was awarded to Sean Wilson. He submitted a carefully constructed application and completed an impressive interview, sealing the scholarship for Sean ahead of other high calibre candidates. Sean has already commenced challenging tertiary studies in the science field. During the 2011/12 cricket season, Sean quickly established his position in the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club 2nd XI before earning promotion to the 1st XI for 4 matches - selected as a hard hitting quick scoring batsman. He scored 53 runs at an average of 13.25 in the 1st XI during 2011/12, combined with 281 runs at an average of 28.10 with three half centuries in the 2nd XI.
For 2011, the Scholarship was awarded to Mitch Drummond. Following the delivery of a high quality application and subsequent interview, Mitch proved to be a very worthy recipient of the scholarship. Mitch has developed into an established opening bowler in the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club 2nd XI, securing 22 wickets at 19.32 from 16 games in 2010/11.
Glyn Trueman was the inaugural recipient of the Scholarship in 2009, and Kierran Voelkl received the scholarship in 2010.
Please contact Glenn Davey (0431 777 390 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information regarding applications for the 2012 Scholarship.