A Helping Hand for our bright sparks
The students of today are the movers, shakers and decision-makers of tomorrow. Receiving a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship might just be the step-up a talented student needs to reach their full potential.
For many promising students, attending University is simply out of reach due to circumstances beyond their control. The financial pressure of relocation, and balancing paid employment with a rigorous study timetable in order to finance tuition fees and study materials, means that tertiary education is not something they could even consider.
Entirely funded by generous donations from alumni and the University community through the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Appeal, the scholarships support outstanding students who experience financial and/or geographical disadvantage.
From 2010, up to 10 students will receive assistance thanks to the fund's donations.
"My vision for the University of Adelaide is that it attracts the best and brightest students and helps them realise their dream of attending university, regardless of their financial circumstances," said Vice-Chancellor and President Professor James McWha.
The scholarships are valued at $5000 per year for the program of study. Recipients are selected on academic merit and financial need, with at least one scholarship each year awarded to a student from a rural or remote area.
"This is a cause I am passionate about -- both as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and as a previous scholarship recipient myself. I know first-hand the difference that a scholarship can make." ■
STORY CONNIE DUTTON