La Trobe welcomes Hallmark students

The first ever group of students to undertake La Trobe University’s unique Hallmark Program have spent a two day residential at the campus – getting to know one another and finding out details of their accelerated learning opportunities.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic) Professor Jane Long says , ‘The Hallmark Program is a great opportunity for students to extend their thinking on key global issues and learn how to make a contribution to the future. The academic merit of the program is very strong indeed.’

The 23 Hallmark students will have immediate access to and mentoring by leading researchers in La Trobe’s Research Focus Areas.

The program for high achieving students emphasises undergraduate research,   provides a generous scholarship and guaranteed Honours year. The group will do an international study tour and focus on opportunities for cross-disciplinary work. All will take a subject together each semester, to foster this approach to learning.

That collaborative learning element appealed to participant Tynan Corless from Bundoora. The 18 year old with an interest in human rights and ethics has chosen to do Legal Studies. He says, ‘The Hallmark Program means I’m working alongside other like-minded students who want to make a difference in the world. Getting the chance to travel overseas and do real work placements is exciting. It means I can hopefully see a bit of my research take shape.’    

Each student has received a $10,500 scholarship paid over four years, including Honours. They have received $2,000 upfront, and negotiate the remaining amount over the course of their studies and how best it can be used to support their learning through travel and work experience placements. 

The Hallmark program is an initiative of the Future Ready Strategy.

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