Our Rising Stars
|Scholarship makes dream a reality
When 15-year-old Moacir Palacios fled Nicaragua five years ago to escape a home life of violence and poverty, he could never have imagined the path his life would take.
Moacir is now in Australia, completing the Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) at Southern Cross University thanks to a $12,500 scholarship from the N. J. Innis Charitable Foundation, a support program set up by former Quiksilver International general manager and Surfing Australia chairman, Norm Innis.
The Innis Scholarship is part of Southern Cross University's Rising Stars Scholarships program.
"Receiving the scholarship was way beyond anything I ever dreamed of as being possible," Moacir said. "It has given me incredible confidence and a vision to go back to my home in Mexico and help other young kids to get off the streets and turn their lives around.
"With the knowledge I gain from doing this course, I want to go back home and open a surf school and surf shop, to give young people an alternative to hanging out in street gangs and getting into trouble.
"Maybe by sharing my good fortune in this way, I can help to make even a small difference in the lives of other young people."
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