Scholarships to benefit six eastern suburbs university students

Scholarship winners Lucas Risebrow, Hannah O’Brien, Jade Agius and Katelin Montgomery.
Scholarship winners Lucas Risebrow, Hannah O’Brien, Jade Agius and Katelin Montgomery.

SIX university students from the eastern suburbs have won scholarships to help with education costs, study equipment and tutoring during their courses.

Bayswater and Noranda Community Bendigo Bank branches’ scholarship program is designed to help high-achieving full-time university students who are experiencing social or financial challenges.

The students were awarded a second year of funding, with varied grants worth up to $5000.

Noranda resident Hannah O’Brien (19), who is studying chemical engineering and chemistry, said she was grateful for the support.

“This scholarship will assist with my studies as not only will it reduce the financial burden of university, but it also allows me to network with professionals from a successful company, such as Bendigo,” she said.

“I am now able to focus more on important aspects of my degree, such as participation and involvement in clubs, events and volunteering.”

Bassendean resident Lucas Risebrow, who is studying economics and management at Curtin University, said his goal was to get a challenging and exciting career and give back to the community.

“The money will also go towards buying a car to better help with travelling,” he said.

“Also, the money takes some weight off my shoulders with general living costs like paying for board and food.”

Morley resident and Curtin University occupational therapy student Jade Agius (18) said she would use her scholarship to fund expenses including vaccinations, uniforms, police checks, textbooks and a laptop.

“I chose occupational therapy because I was treated by a therapist during high school when I was in the phase of deciding what I wanted to do,” she said.

“My long-term goals are to find a placement or volunteer position which provides an opportunity to gain work experience as an occupational therapist.”

Noranda resident and Curtin University nursing student Katelin Montgomery said she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (gastrointestinal disorder) at seven years of age and wanted to make a difference in someone’s life since then.

“I would like to finish my degree next year and gain a grad position in a Perth hospital,” she said.

“(In the) long term, I hope to return to university and study medicine to become a doctor.

“Another long-term goal of mine is to be in a position with the experience to make a difference for people with chronic conditions.”

The next round of scholarship applications will open in December.

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