Bendigo MBA student wins scholarship

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Faculty of Law and ManagementPeter Prevos, a La Trobe student undertaking a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Bendigo regional campus has been awarded the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's MBA Community Scholarship.

The scholarship aims to assist outstanding students from regional Victoria to undertake a MBA at La Trobe’s University based campus in Bendigo.

Peter is originally from the Netherlands and moved to Bendigo in 2000 with his
wife.  The civil engineer is half way through his MBA and said he was already starting
to apply his new skills in his current role at Coliban Water.

"The course has made me realise that being a great civil engineer means you can perform a whole range of tasks, not just your primary role," Mr Prevos said.

"Now, I apply my marketing skills to my current role as a manager for land development, and eventually I'd like to manage a department here or ultimately lead a company like Coliban Water."

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank People and Corporate Services chief general manager
Craig Langford said the scholarship reinforced the bank's commitment to its community and provided an opportunity for participants to further develop their skills and apply learning to real life work experiences.

"It is one of the diverse ways we give back to our communities - it is an integral part of who we are and what we do as an organisation - this scholarship assists people to remain and contribute within their local community," he said.

"At Bendigo and Adelaide Bank we recognise the importance of supporting
services in regional areas.  Peter is now able to study and work in Bendigo rather than have to travel to Melbourne which allows him to spend quality time with his family.

"La Trobe's MBA course here in Bendigo conquers the constraints of distance and the bank's scholarship sets people up to be architects of their own future."

La Trobe University's head of the Graduate School of Management, Geoffrey Durden, expressed the University's appreciation of the bank's support.

"This Scholarship is extremely valuable not only in monetary terms but also for the benefits that flow to the local community as a consequence," he said.

"The scholarship allows business men and women to take up postgraduate studies
that they may not have otherwise undertaken.

"The practical skills students gains from the La Trobe University MBA allows them to advance to the next level of professionalism and brings enormous benefits to employers and the local community," Professor Durden said.

"On behalf of La Trobe University, I extend warm congratulations to Peter on receiving this award.”