Former Tatura resident William Neave said he was surprised to recently receive the Bruce Anderson Scholarship, presented by the Rotary Club of Tatura.
The scholarship, created five years ago in memory of the Rotarian, is presented to a first-year university student from the Tatura area.
Tatura Rotary Club’s Tony Mason said Bruce, who joined in 1970, was a fanatical Rotarian — one that every club needs.
‘‘He held every portfolio in the club,’’ Mr Mason said.
Mr Mason said some of Bruce’s biggest achievements in the club included his presidency during 1974 and the trip he took to Chicago to attend the Rotary International Conference.
‘‘He was the veterinarian in Tatura for some time,’’ he said.
‘‘His service was 22 years in private practice at the Tatura Vet Clinic and 13 years as a Government vet.’’
Mr Neave was presented with the $1000 scholarship recently after he began studying a Bachelor of Information Technology at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds this year.
He said he was required to first fill in an application form then took part in a follow-up interview and the recipient had to display community spirit.
‘‘I’ve helped out with Meals on Wheels with Rotary in the past,’’ Mr Neave said.
‘‘I also work at the Tatura Art Shows and help out with fundraising.’’
Mr Neave said he had been living on-campus and was enjoying his degree so far.