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For current University of Adelaide teaching students Jonathon Pisaniello and Deanna Ceravolo, pictured with South Australian Education Minister Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, a rewarding country placement could lead to a new career path in rural or remote South Australia.
From 2010, a new scholarship scheme - made possible from a generous bequest by University of Adelaide graduate Esther Burns and the assistance of the State Government - will help teacher education students like Jonathon and Deanna make decisions about their career paths as they experience life at a country school.
Esther, who graduated in Education from the University of Adelaide in 1948, taught English at Port Augusta High School and the Quorn Area School in the 1960s and 1970s. She died in Quorn in 1994, leaving a bequest to the University of Adelaide.
The State Department of Education and Children's Services has matched the funds available from Esther's bequest dollar-for-dollar to create a scholarship scheme for current Adelaide students undertaking country teaching placements at public schools.
Under the scheme, each year six University of Adelaide teaching students specialising in mathematics and sciences will receive $1000 to help them undertake a five-week country teaching placement in places such as Port Augusta or Quorn.
"The State Government recognises the benefits in providing financial support to students undertaking a country placement, and in particular in the hard-to-staff areas of mathematics and science," Dr Lomax-Smith said.
"Our ultimate aim is to increase the numbers of graduating students who return to work in the country based on this wonderful pre-service experience," said Professor Tania Aspland, Head of the University's School of Education.
For more information about leaving a bequest to the University of Adelaide, contact Sue Fox on (08) 8303 3234, email email@example.com, or visit www.alumni.adelaide.edu.au/bequests