A Fine Achievement

While most students were winding down from exams or making plans with friends after year 12, Willunga Waldorf School student Stefan Bucheler, was spending his summer working on Australia’s unique marine environment.

Thanks to Bayer Australia & the Australian Geographic Society Stephan was awarded the BayerBoost environmental scholarship for 2010.

Stephan took on a 10 week project with Conservation South Australia’s ‘Reef Watch’ where he was able to organise a promotional community event, collect data on the South Australian reef systems, and assist in a number of Reef Watch programs.

With a passion for scuba diving and all things marine, Stefan has now begun studying Marine Biology at University and hopes that his contributions will allow Australians to understand and better protect their environment and to manage it sustainably into the future.

“I wish people understood more about their environment and the role they play within it. I think that my work and the experience that I have gained at Reef Watch will really give me an edge as I go on to study further at uni and my time here will certainly stand me in good stead in my work in the future.” says Stefan. 

The BayerBoost scholarships aim to foster in young Australians an understanding and awareness of Australia’s unique environments and the issues that they face.

Short listed students had to undergo a rigorous selection process where an application and online interview was reviewed by panellists.

“Stefan’s project was outstanding. To have a young person so committed to not only learning about their local environment but also teaching others about it is an inspiration.” says Kylie Piper, Australian Geographic Society Administrator.

Written by Rebecca Baker, Australian Geographic Society