Bursary opens up opportunity

Bursary opens up opportunity

11 Oct 2010

Two students will each receive $2500 fromthe Richard and Claire Guy Regional Planning Bursary to assist them during their studies at La Trobe University.

 Students smilingSecond year community planning and development students Grace Docker and Amy Lanfranchi were delighted to learn they had won the bursary, which they will use to finance a study trip.

As friends on the same course, both students were aware that they had applied for the bursary and Grace was the first to find out her application had been successful.

Unaware that she too had won the bursary, Amy was pleased for her friend. The next day when Amy rang her mother in her home town of Wodonga, she was told there was a letter for her.

‘I rang home and Mum said there was a letter for me, and I asked her to open it. She sounded disappointed at first, saying “sorry Amy but…” then she told me that I’d won and I was so surprised and really excited,’ said Amy.

The bursaries were established by Mr Richard Guy, OAM, leading Bendigo business identity and philanthropist and his wife Mrs Claire Guy, to support students from regional Victoria undertaking the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus.

La Trobe University community planning and development course coordinator, Mr Trevor Budge said that the La Trobe course 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,’ Mr Budge said.

‘Last year, we initiated and commenced a major long term international exchange and support program in conjunction with the town and country planning program at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka.

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‘The program is designed to enhance the cross-cultural competency within planning education in both universities and enhance the educational experience of students from both countries,’ Mr Budge said.

Mr Budge said the program has already reaped benefits, when 13 La Trobe University students travelled to Sri Lanka in January 2010 for five weeks.

‘Our students, together with planning students at the University of Moratuwa, were able to gain first-hand experience in a regional planning project and to support the Planning Industry Association’s post tsunami project in the development of a strategic plan for Uva Province,’ said Mr Budge.

‘And in May 2010 La Trobe University sponsored a group of 17 planning students from the University of Moratuwa to travel to La Trobe University, Bendigo for a three-week program of planning studies and fieldwork, including a three-day planning and design workshop at Casterton in south-western Victoria with planning students from La Trobe Bendigo.’

Amy and Grace will use the funds to finance a study trip next year to Europe, which will be part of their studies towards their degree.

‘It’s really exciting to get the scholarship. Coming straight from school I didn’t work so it makes things a bit difficult financially. Having the bursary means I am able to go on the planning trip to Europe next year,’ said Grace, who is from Numurkah near Shepparton.

‘Other people may have bought a car but for us it means we can further our studies. (The bursary) has been a real encouragement and it was so great as a reward. It was a real motivation to study,’ added Amy.

Both girls are looking forward to being able to say a massive thank you to Richard and Claire when they meet them tomorrow.

 

The Richard and Claire Guy Regional Planning Bursary is administered by the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation.

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INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

 

What?                Grace and Amy will meet Richard and Claire Guy at a morning tea

When?                        10 am, Tuesday 12 October 2010

Where?             Room 2.03, 2nd Floor, Arts and Planning building, La Trobe University, Edwards Road campus (Ref I8  on attached map)

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