Supporting the next generation of Australian students through community investment
Applications for the 2022 Bendigo and Bank of Adelaide Scholarship Program to support first-time tertiary students in pursuing their educational goals are now open.
Founded in 2007, the bank has now supported 1,158 students, and has provided more than $10.2 million to help students achieve their academic aspirations. This continued investment and the breadth of scholarships on offer reflect the Bank’s commitment to the next generation and to helping build stronger communities.
The Bank offers a range of scholarships of up to $5,000 to support students with study and relocation expenses. Students pursuing bachelor’s degrees and students studying certificate, diploma and associate degree courses are welcome to apply. As one of the leading privately funded scholarship programs in Australia, Investment Bank aims to help higher education students achieve their academic dreams.
There are six categories of scholarships available, including Community Bank Scholarships for Students in Surrounding Communities, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarships and Rural Bank Scholarships to support rural and regional students.
The program enables successful applicants to undertake further study, regardless of background or location, by assisting with travel costs, accommodation and course materials so that they can reduce their financial burden and focus on their education.
Jacqueline Hay, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Adelaide and Bendigo, said: “The Bank’s scholarship program is an outstanding example of how the Bank can make a positive and lasting social impact on Australian communities. The past 14 years have seen the program evolve to break down more barriers to reach more Education for students who may face challenges due to distance, financial insecurity, or other difficult circumstances.
“The 2022 round coincides with the expansion of the Bendigo Bank’s Indigenous Scholarship Program. The Rural Bank will offer two additional scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to provide a total of six scholarships. These scholarships will support diversity and increase opportunities in recognition of the significant contribution that Indigenous peoples make. for rural industries,” said Ms. Hay.
2021 Bendigo and Bank of Adelaide Scholarship RecipientVicki Nikolovsky said:
“The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship was invaluable this year when I moved from Strathbogie in the Victoria Regional to Sydney. The scholarship helped me cover university expenses such as textbooks, stationery and technical equipment for online learning, as well as travel to classes and accommodation costs.
“The scholarship allowed me to be confident paying attention to these details, while adjusting to a completely new environment, a new country, starting university and living away from family. During the undeniably difficult year of 2021, this scholarship supported me in settling in and focusing on what was important and was My first year at UNSW Medical School is interesting and informative.
“I have enjoyed learning in depth about the human body, from specific cell biology and interactive anatomy labs, to most of all, going to hospital in clinical settings. It is truly the most enriching and special experience to meet real patients and hear their stories.”
Leah Mahoney, a 2021 Bendigo Indigenous Bank scholarship recipient, said from Mount Hope in South Australia:
“Thanks to the Bendigo Bank Indigenous Scholarship Program, my first year of studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia is made easy. The scholarship allowed travel to Adelaide to the university for practical blocks to be as stress-free as possible, knowing I was able to allocate funding for trips flight and accommodation, which has been of great benefit to me.I look forward to my future years of study and am very grateful to Bendigo Bank and their scholarship program“.
The 2022 scholarship programs include:
In 2021, more than $1 million in funding was awarded to students through the Bank’s Scholarship Program that includes Bendigo and Bank Adelaide Rural and Regional Students Scholarships, scholarships from participating community banks and Rural Bank Scholarships.
Applications for the scholarship program are invited from undergraduate students beginning their studies in 2022. Applications close on February 18, 2022.
For more information about the Bank’s full scholarship program, visit https://www.bendigobank.com.au/community/scholarships