Thanks to a highly successful partnership between La Trobe University and Bendigo Bank – which is now in its third year – 11 students have been awarded scholarships to study in Melbourne, while nine students will study in Bendigo.
La Trobe University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional), Professor Richard Speed said the scholarship program was established to maximise tertiary education opportunities for regional Victorians and provided life-changing opportunities for talented young people from across the state.
"At La Trobe, we are committed to growing our regional communities and we believe the best way to do that is to equip young regional Victorians with high-level skills, knowing that it is extremely likely they will return to regional Victoria and use these skills to serve their communities," Professor Speed said.
"The La Trobe University and Bendigo Bank Scholarship program makes it possible for talented and passionate students who faced significant educational, financial or social challenges to attend university and fully realise their potential. Without these scholarships, many of these students would have found attending university impossible.
"With scholarship support these students do not need to spend as much time working part-time and instead use that time for study and engagement. La Trobe University and Bendigo Bank Scholars tend to become leaders in the student community and add to the student experience for others."
The scholarships, worth a total of $720,000, will provide students with $12,000 per year for three years to assist with study expenses and the cost of on-campus accommodation.
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Chairman Robert Johanson said the scholarships were often the difference between whether regional students could attend university, or whether they missed out.
"The La Trobe University and Bendigo Bank scholarship program has grown exponentially, targeting specific skills shortages in the our rural communities and giving students everywhere the opportunity to achieve their dream of going to university," Mr Johanson said.
"No matter what their financial position or personal background, we believe that young Australians should have the opportunity to further their education and fulfil their potential."
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