Student bursaries much needed

Student bursaries much needed

28 Aug 2009

A mature age student and a 20-year-old student with a mortgage have expressed their gratitude to Mr Richard Guy, OAM and Mrs Claire Guy for the valuable bursaries they are providing through the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation.

Richard & Claire GuyToni Bauer and Steven Abbott are the inaugural recipients of the Richard and Claire Guy Regional Planning Bursary of $5000 each. Both students are studying the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning at La Trobe University, the only accredited undergraduate planning degree offered in regional Victoria.


Ms Bauer is most appreciative of the bursary, which is providing much-needed financial assistance during her studies.


‘The money has helped me in so many ways, it’s hard to actually describe. I would be in a very different situation if it were not for Claire and Richard’s kindness and support,’ Ms Bauer said.  Mr Abbott says he works two jobs to support himself as a full time student and pay his mortgage.

‘The costs involved in building a secure future are quite substantial,’ Mr Abbott said.

‘I work for the City of Greater Bendigo’s planning department during the week and at Bunning’s Warehouse on the weekend to cover my mortgage, general living expenses and university costs.'


‘The incredibly generous contribution from Richard and Claire Guy has allowed me to allocate more of my time to my studies and relieved the stress of constant work. I have been able to pay for field trips and other study related items such as access to the internet and a printer.’


Bendigo campus director, Mr Andrew Skewes acknowledges the important role played by the BTEAF and the businesses and individuals that support the Foundation.


‘The financial assistance provided by the BTEAF every year makes a difference to the lives of so many students. We sincerely thank Richard and Claire Guy for the new bursary and appreciate the Foundation for the important role that they play in helping our students.’


BACKGROUND

The Richard and Claire Guy Regional Planning Bursary is administered by the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation and was established from an initial donation from Mr Richard Guy OAM, leading Bendigo business identity and philanthropist and his wife Mrs Claire Guy. The Bursaries were established to support students from regional Victoria undertaking the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus. This is the only accredited undergraduate planning degree offered in regional Victoria. The course provides access to a specialised program so that regional students do not have to bear the additional expenses of living and studying in Melbourne.

In 2009 an award will be made to a student undertaking the second year of the course and to a student undertaking the third year of the course.

Subsequent awards will only be offered to second year students who meet the eligibility requirements in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Each bursary is valued at $5000.

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