Victoria Point State High School graduate gets $30,000 boost to study maths, gaming degrees at QUT

BIG WIN: Victoria Point State High School principal with scholarship winner Dalton Shorten.
BIG WIN: Victoria Point State High School principal with scholarship winner Dalton Shorten.

VICTORIA Point State High School graduate Dalton Shorten had to stop himself from falling over when he got the news he had received a $30,000 university scholarship.

Dalton, who graduated last year with an OP2, plans to study a dual degree in Games and Interactive Environments and Maths at Queensland University of Technology.

His results saw him earn an academic scholarship worth $30,000, which will help him pay his way during his four year degree.

"(When I got the news) I just tried to stay standing. I was out Christmas shopping when I got the email so I saw it and had to brace myself not to fall over," he said.

Mum Kim Crossman said she was absolutely stoked.

"I've had a HECS debt too so I know how much of a relief it is to reduce that as much as possible," she said.

Dalton said he was nervous but excited to start university later this month.

He had always been interested in technology.

"I was part of the robotics program at the school until Year 10 and afterwards I decided to go into the IPT (information processes and technology) subject," he said.

"I'm still not quite sure what career I want to go into yet but I very much want it to be in the field of technology in any form."

His studies will allow him to major in fields like game design, animation or software technologies.

TECHNOLOGY-MINDED: Dalton will study degrees in maths and game design.

TECHNOLOGY-MINDED: Dalton will study degrees in maths and game design.

Victoria Point State High School principal Scot Steinhardt said Dalton had been a model student.

"He deserves every part of this and we wish him all the very best," he said.

"It will be a massive kickstart to his career."

Dalton will be among thousands of Redlands students starting at university later this month.