Excitingly, scholarships of up to $5000 have opened to first-time Australian tertiary students to help them pursue their education goals.
Offered through Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's 2021 program, application opportunities were announced this month and are aimed at supporting students, including those from regional SA, with study and relocation related expenses.
According to board chair Jacqueline Hey, students pursuing undergraduate degrees and students studying certificate, diploma and associate degree courses are invited to apply.
She explained that the program is an important initiative that "helps break down barriers" to accessing further education and helps the young people succeed in their chosen career.
"The scholarship program aims to enable students' to access further study, regardless of background or location, by assisting with travel and accommodation costs and course materials," Ms Hey said.
"We want students to be able to focus on their education without having to worry about financial pressures or feel unable to pursue further study."
We want students to be able to focus on their education without having to worry about financial pressures or feel unable to pursue further study.Bendigo and Adelaide Bank board chair Jacqueline Hey
Since 2007 the unique initiative has supported about 1000 young ones, providing an impressive $9.2 million to help them achieve their study aspirations.
"Our ongoing investment reflects the Bank's commitment to the next generation," she added.
This year will also see the introduction of the Bendigo Bank Indigenous Scholarship program which will offer scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
In 2020, more than $1 million in funding was granted to students through the Bank's scholarship program which incorporates the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship for rural and regional students, scholarships from participating Community Banks and the Rural Bank scholarships.
2020 recipient, Jackie Milani, was awarded a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences at The University of Wollongong and found that the funding gave her the boost she needed to achieve her tertiary goals.
Applications for the scholarship program are invited from first-time tertiary students beginning their studies in 2021.
Applications close on January 29, 2021.
The Bank's scholarship program comprises a number of scholarships including:
- Bendigo and Adelaide Bank scholarship for regional and rural students: scholarships of $5000 per student per year for two years
- Bendigo Bank Indigenous scholarship: $5000 per student per year for two years and studying at either university or TAFE
- Rural Bank scholarship: up to 15 scholarships of $5000 per student per year for two years - students must demonstrate a desire to contribute to the Australian agricultural sector
- Community Bank scholarships: variety of scholarships on offer from different Community Banks
- Robert Johanson Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship: scholarship of $5,000 per student per year for two years
- Alexander and Bridget Jones Memorial Scholarship: scholarship for graduates of Montmorency Secondary College studying full-time at The University of Melbourne in 2021.
For more information about the Bank's full scholarship program, visit www.bendigobank.com.au/community/scholarships.