The Kluwell Publications Educational Bursary fund will provide five scholarships worth $10,000 each to La Trobe University Bendigo Campus students undertaking the Bachelor of Education and who aspire to teach in a primary school setting.
The scholarships will be targeted to support students studying primary education who have relocated from regional areas to earn their degrees from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus. There will be five four-year awards commencing in 2014.
A $10,000 bursary pool will also be established to provide financial assistance to students undertaking practicum placements in rural and remote schools.
Kluwell Publications Directors, Andrew Coldwell and Stan Kluzek are in a unique position to understand the challenges and opportunities the education industry faces.
‘As university students we were required to relocate from home to complete our educational degrees. We fully understand the financial barriers facing students from rural and remote locations,’ said Mr Coldwell.
‘The aim of the Kluwell Publications Scholarships is to ease the financial burden facing students from rural and remote locations and to encourage and support them in achieving their aspirations to become quality regional educators.’
La Trobe University Head of Campus, Bendigo, Mr Robert Stephenson has welcomed the scholarships.
‘We are extremely grateful to Kluwell Publications for these generous scholarships. La Trobe University is committed to its regional campuses and initiatives such as this are a tremendous way of supporting our students.
‘Partnerships between local organisations and La Trobe University make a significant contribution to regional communities as around 70% of our students will stay in rural and regional locations once they graduate,’ said Mr Stephenson.
The first Kluwell Publications Educational Scholarship will be awarded to a Bendigo-based La Trobe University student at the 2014 Prizes and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 23 July. Click here to find out more about La Trobe University scholarships.
Tom O’Callaghan, Media Assistant, T 03 5444 7415, M 0408 900 469