Former Braes High School pupil Jack Gardner is the 2016 recipient of the Dennis Canavan Scholarship Award.
The talented teenager from Reddingmuirhead will use the £500 prize to support his time at Stirling University where he has just started a course in sports studies.
Jack (18) was presented with his cheque by the former Falkirk West Labour MP and its first Independent MSP at a gala event in Callendar House attended by invited guests including Provost Pat Reid, Falkirk Council Chief executive Mary Pitcaithly and Colin Hume, Editor in Chief, The Falkirk Herald and Editorial Director of Johnston Press Scotland’s weekly newspaper titles.
The scholarship was established by Falkirk Council in 2008 in recognition of the veteran politician and former school teacher’s contribution to the life of the Falkirk community during a remarkable career that spanned 33 years.
For over three decades Canavan was always committed to supporting young people at all levels of their schooling and the scholarship helps one pupil achieve their goal of pursuing a full time course in either further or higher education.
To find the ‘Pupil of the Year’ a panel of judges looks for someone who has not only been successful in the classroom, but has also given worthy service to others through voluntary or charity work.
Any school or community group can nominate a young person living in the Falkirk Council area for the award by contacting the council HQ in West Bridge Street.