FORMER Beechworth boy Patrick Naughtin has received a handy springboard into a career in journalism.
The La Trobe University student based in Melbourne was presented with a $3000 Cameron Thompson Memorial Scholarship by the editor of The Border Mail, Di Thomas, in Wodonga yesterday after being selected from a shortlist of three.
The scholarship, the second awarded, honours a former editor and is designed to encourage young would-be journalists from the southern Riverina and North East Victoria.
“This is such an honour to have my name on this plaque,” Mr Naughtin, 21, said.
“Cameron achieved so much in such a devastatingly short time and if I can achieve half of what he achieved that’s a pretty good career.”
Mr Thompson’s widow, Kristy Grant-Thompson, and their daughter Ava congratulated Mr Naughtin, who is in the third and final year of studying a Bachelor of Journalism.
“It is such an honour each year for this scholarship to be awarded to a budding and up-and-coming journalist,” Ms Grant-Thompson said.
“Ava and I would like to congratulate Patrick and wish him all the best for his future in such an exciting and rewarding field.”
Mr Naughtin will appear at the Cameron Thompson Golf Day to be held on November 29 to support the scholarship.
He grew up at Beechworth, attending St Joseph’s Primary School and Wangaratta’s Galen College.
While at university he’s managed to get a job as a media assistant for the Melbourne Heart FC.