Support for Mildura's young Pioneers

A couple of young Mildura Pioneers will be better equipped to handle their settlement in Bendigo, thanks to a relocation scholarship aimed at making the transition easier.

Aspiring AFL and AFLW players Aidan Avery and Jemmika Douglas were recently announced as recipients of the $1000 scholarships, which are provided by La Trobe University to the Bendigo Pioneers program.

Both were grateful for the opportunity and highlighted ways that the money would assist their endeavours.

"As I live 400km from Bendigo, this scholarship will assist with petrol, car maintenance, purchasing necessities such as healthy food and medical costs," Avery said.

"I want to ensure I have some set aside to attend functions with Pioneers team mates so that I build a friendship base in a town where I only know a handful of people."

Douglas, who started her football career at Red Cliffs as a five-year-old, said it had certainly made the move easier.

"It's good to get to know the girls and just get closer with them," she said.

"The scholarship will definitely help me get lots of footy gear, new runners, equipment and stuff that I need to help me go far with my footy."

Mildura's Head of Campus Sandy Connor said given the long-term relationship between the university and the Pioneers, the scholarships were important.

"The Mildura campus thinks it's really important to support Mildura locals, who are lucky enough and work hard enough to get picked up the Pioneers," she said.

"We've increased our sponsorship to the team to $5000, so that is actually to help the team when they come to Mildura to play their games and help with travel and logistics.

"We want to make sure Jemmika and Aidan get the opportunity to come back and play in front of their home crowd and their friends and families."

This article was originally published by the Sunraysia Daily and shared with permission.