City of Karratha

Walkington Award

The Walkington Award commemorates the service of the late Doctor Al Walkington, Foundation Director of the Karratha College (now Pilbara Institute). The aim of the award, currently valued at $5,000 is to encourage students to continue either full-time or part-time studies at a recognised educational institution.

Each year the Walkington Award is awarded to a student whom the Award Committee considers to have achieved academic excellence over the previous 12 months while demonstrating achievement in other areas such as community involvement. The award is open to Year 12 students studying four or more ATAR subjects at a local City of Karratha high school.

The application form must be completed following the Walkington Award Guidelines (attached below) and emailed with the subject - “Private and Confidential – Walkington Award Application” to

Download the guidelines here: Walkington Award 2021 Guidelines

Download the application form here: Walkington Award 2021 Application Form

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your application, please contact Coordinator Youth Services Chrystal Ashby via 0430 591 632 or email 

Walkington Award winner 2020

St. Luke's College Year 12 student, Sarah Lane received the prestigious 2020 Walkington Award. She has been a significant part of the St. Luke’s school community over her high school years - acting as a Peer Support Mentor for Year 7 students, organising R U OK Day activities and helping to establish the lunchtime homework club. She has also contributed many volunteer hours to her local community through her involvement with Dampier Sharks football team, community clean-ups days, delivering community events with St. Luke’s P&C and also assisting at City of Karratha’s Teddy Bears Picnic. 

Sarah has done well in international and national competitions, she was a 2019 finalist in the ‘Country to Canberra’ National Leadership Competition in 2019 for rural young women, and she was in the top 2 for International Beijing Bound Science Competition.

During COVID-19 pandemic this year, Sarah has developed a strong interest in the study of illness. Her plans are to pursue study in the area of Biomedical Sciences majoring in Immunology and Microbiology with a vision of a career in the field.

Walkington Award winner 2019

St Luke's College Year 12 student Mackenzie King received the prestigious 2019 Walkington Award. The award caps off a big year for Mackenzie, who was St Luke's College 2019 Dux Award recipient and Sports Captain, and Wickham's Junior Citizen of the Year. In addition to being a high achiever across her studies, Mackenzie has generously donated countless hours of her free time to her local community through volunteering with the Wickham Wolves Football Club, Wickham Netball Association, Wickham Wanderers Soccer Club and the Port Walcott Yacht Club and Surf Life Sailing Club.

Mackenzie wishes to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy and a Secondary Teaching degree in Perth after completing her Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistant (Physiotherapy).

Walkington Award winner 2018

St Luke’s College student Richard Shaw received the prestigious 2018 Walkington Award. Richard has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, academic excellence and dedication to giving back to his community. A hard-working and thoughtful student, Richard was recognised as a high achiever across academics, sport and generous community services at an awards ceremony. Richard volunteers considerable time mentoring younger students at school and through soccer.

Richard wishes to pursue a double degree in law and commerce in the United States and Australia. His ultimate vision is to start a law firm with his sister who is currently studying at Curtin University.

Walkington Award winner 2017

Karratha Senior High School student Liam Payne has been awarded the 2017 Walkington Award. Liam has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and is a hardworking and respectful student, awarded ATAR Dux of KSHS this year. Liam is a dedicated member of the community, providing countless hours of service to The Varity Charity through the Variety WA Bash and St Johns Ambulance. Recognised as a leader among his peers, Liam has represented his school community at a number of State-wide initiatives including the Pilbara Legislative Assembly and participated in The Leeuwin II Ocean Adventure on a full scholarship.

Liam wishes to pursue a Bachelor of Biomedicine before attaining a post graduate degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia.

Walkington Award winner 2016

St Luke's College student Sophie Sparks has been awarded the 2016 Walkington Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to her studies and community. Her academic success in science, maths and english combined with her leadership and community service make Sophie and inspiring young woman, committed to achieving her goals and giving back to those who have helped her along the way.

Sophie believes 'we should never stop learning because life never stops teaching' and plans to attend Curtin University in Perth where she will study medicine.

Walkington Award winner 2015

St. Luke's College student Anshula Ashish has been awarded the 2015 Walkington Award thanks to her fantastic scholastic achievements and dedication to our community. Anshula has excelled academically right throughout her schooling life and contributed to our community through voluntary work, sport, art and leadership roles.

Passionate in science and the arts Anshula has set herself an incredible career path, backed by a strong academic foundation and the leadership and personal qualities that will see she achieves this.

Anshula plans to attend the University of Western Australia as an assured applicant for Postgraduate Medicine. If granted this assured spot she plans to study a Bachelor of Science and become a Doctor of Medicine. She hopes to gain some experience through a mid-term trip to India or Africa where she will volunteer at hospitals before returning to the Pilbara to work in local hospitals and communities.

Walkington Award winner 2014

St. Luke's College Head Boy Wayne Zaccheus has won the highly prestigious Walkington Award valued at $5000 for 2014 thanks to his outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the local community.

Wayne Zaccheus is fascinated with the world's technological advancements, enjoying science and mathematics since he was young. His dedication to these subjects and his studies on the whole have been evident throughout his education with numerous awards and acheivements to speak of.

Wayne is an outstanding young member of our community, a leader among his peers and a role model in all aspects of his academic and wider community life. He was the winner of the Rio Tinto and Scitech sponsored Beijing Bound Science Competition in regional WA and recieved a silver medal for research at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition in 2014. He participated in the inaugural Pilbara Regional Student Parliament and was a finalist in the Regional Solar Model Car Challenge for three years in a row - just to name a few achievements.

Wayne plans to attend Curtin University to study engineering and commerce.

Further information

For more information, please contact Chrystal Ashby on (08) 9186 8646 or