ARPA News June 2016

Ramon Williams ARPA Scholarship 2016

 The Australasian Religious Press Association is pleased to announce the winner of the Ramon Williams ARPA Scholarship for 2016

Ashley Thompson

Ashley is the advertising and digital media manager for Journey, the publication of the Uniting Church Synod of Queensland and has been involved in ARPA for three years, winning the Gold Award for Best New Writer in 2014. 

The Scholarship Certificate will be presented at the 2016 ARPA Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday 3rd September in Sydney.

The ARPA executive congratulates all the applicants for 2016. In this, the second year, applicants illustrated through their stories, an impressive range of experience and outstanding Christian service and commitment.

Ramon Williams has been involved with ARPA since its establishment in 1974. Ramon was awarded the Association’s premier trophy the Gutenberg Award in 1987.  In 2013, ARPA recognised his long-standing public Christian ministry, and presented Ramon with the honour of an ARPA Citation for Outstanding Service to Christian Media.

As the founder of Worldwide Photos Ltd, he has contributed in a variety of ways to the ministry of the Church in Australia, especially through the provision of photographic material, Christian stories and press releases to the Christian Media and the secular media. Ramon has been a source of great personal encouragement for many Christians in the media and many people have been touched by Ramon’s thoughtfulness and contact. Ramon’s life theme is Telling others what others are doing for the Lord and it is ARPA’s hope that this scholarship will be a source of encouragement for a younger member in their developing ministry of Telling others what others are doing for Lord.

Details of the Scholarship

The Ramon Williams ARPA Scholarship provides financial sponsorship for a nominated delegate (aged 33 years or under) from an ARPA member publication to enable them to attend the annual ARPA conference.

Applications are judged by the ARPA President and the New Zealand and Australian ARPA Vice-Presidents using a numerically based formula to help the judges determine the depth and nature of each application within the context of considering the benefit the applicant would receive from attending a conference and also how the applicant may be able to help ARPA in its mission of serving the religious press.

For further information please contact the ARPA President: Peter Bentley


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