Scholarships help kickstart uni

Twenty students have started their first week of university on a high after receiving a jointly funded scholarship from Bendigo Bank and La Trobe University. 

Ten of these students will study at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus, joining 10 Bendigo students who were the inaugural recipients of this valuable scholarship in 2013.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarships

La Trobe University Head of Campus, Rob Stephenson, and Bendigo Bank Executive Community Engagement,Robert Musgrove presented students with their scholarships at a lunch held in their honour today.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $6,000 per year for three years from Bendigo Bank for expenses related to their course, and $6,000 per year for three years as a credit towards on-campus accommodation from La Trobe University. 

Mr Musgrove said the Bank’s partnership with La Trobe was part of its commitment to help create vibrant and prosperous local communities, by ensuring young people get the best possible access to education.

'These scholarships are particularly targeted at students in country areas, who face more barriers than most on their path to higher education,' Mr Musgrove said.

'Relocating to study can place an incredible financial burden on students and their families, so we want to help alleviate some of that stress and let youth get the most out of their university experience.

'All the students who have received our scholarships this year have overcome hardships, but have still managed to excel academically and follow their dreams.'

Scholarships help relieve financial worries 

Morgan Gibson battled an auto-immune disease while studying year 12, and had to be hospitalised five times last year.

The 19-year-old, from Kialla near Shepparton, said she didn’t want to let anything get in the way of her becoming a qualified pharmacist and returning to work in regional areas.

'With the high contact hours of a pharmacy degree and the time I need to put into maintaining my own health, it would have been hard for me to earn enough money to support myself through university,' Morgan said.

'But with this scholarship I don’t have those financial worries, and I’m so grateful to the bank and the university for giving me that support.'

A helping hand for those from rural and regional areas 

Mr Stephenson said 'intelligence, ability and capacity to benefit from higher education are not dependent on living in a metropolitan post code but often access to higher education is.

'Long term, we are working to build aspiration and the expectation that higher education is both a valuable and achievable goal; but in the short term the greatest help that we can provide for aspirational high achieving students is to give them access to great higher education opportunities.

'That is where this fantastic partnership between Bendigo Bank and La Trobe University is making a direct and immediate impact on the lives of these students.'

Scholarships were awarded to the following students enrolled at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus: 

2014 scholarship recipients – first year students

  • Sarah Langley of Kyabram, Bachelor of Human Services/Master of Social Work
  • Thomas Walsgott of Horsham, Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Business
  • Harley Hayes of Elmore, Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Morya O'Donoghue of Gisborne, Bachelor of Education
  • Morgan Gibson of Kialla, Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Tegan Harrison of Cohuna, Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Nikki Lockhart of Berrimal, Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Adrienne Tracy of Mildura, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dentistry
  • Teagan Van Der Drift of Cohuna, Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Nikita Lowry of Wakool, Bachelor of Nursing

2013 scholarship recipients – second year students

  • Jordan Sparks of Nichols Point, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dentistry
  • Kaitlyn Challis of Benella, Bachelor of Health Science/Physiotherapy
  • Lakkhana Rabel of Warragaul, Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Dentistry
  • Lucy Corscadden of Deniliquin, Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Casey Gray of Warnambool, Bachelor of Education
  • Sarah Postlethwaite of Gooroc, Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Emma McDowell of Wandong, Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Paramedicine
  • Sarah Watts of Nullawil, Bachelor of Health Science and Master in Physiotherapy Practice
  • Maddison Holt of Wedderburn, Bachelor of Graphic Design
  • Kim Baker of Gisborne, Bachelor of Paramedic Practice and Bachelor of Health Promotion

Media enquiries

Zerin Knight, Media Liaison, La Trobe University, T 03 5444 7375, M 0428 463 161

Elise Snashall-Woodhams, Media and Communications Officer, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, T 5485 6230 M 0409 131 095