La Trobe students awarded prizes

LA TROBE University students were awarded for their hard work, at the Bendigo Campus Prize Ceremony at The Capital theatre on Wednesday.

The ceremony involved 120 prizes and scholarships being presented to students by a range of industry sponsors.

Some students from disadvantaged backgrounds were awarded scholarships to assist with study costs, while others were awarded prizes for their academic success.

Emily Glenn, who is completing a bachelor of education (primary), was awarded the Kluwell Publications Educational Scholarship, which consists of a monetary scholarship of $10,000 throughout four years.

Ms Glenn, who comes from a small town called Mathoura, in New South Wales, said the scholarship was designed to provide financial assistance to students who have relocated to Bendigo from rural areas.

She said she was "over the moon" to be chosen for the scholarship, which she would use to pay for her study costs.

"It makes a massive difference," she said. 

"It takes away the stress of having to move."

Glenn Cooper was awarded The Robertson Hyetts Prize, sponsored by Bendigo law firm Robertson Hyetts Solicitors. 

The prize was awarded to a student who performed "with excellence" in a rural and regional law and legal practice.

Mr Cooper said he had worked at Stuthridge Legal for two years while completing his degree, and also did volunteer work at Legal Aid.

He said he hadn't realised he had been nominated for the award, and was shocked when told he had won it.

"It was a surprise but a nice surprise," he said.

"I'm just so grateful to Robertson Hyetts for sponsoring the award - it's great local firms are supportive of Bendigo students."

Mr Cooper said he was completing his final semester of his five-year double degree, and he had thoroughly enjoyed studying law at the Bendigo campus.

"It's much more personal (at La Trobe Bendigo)," he said.

"You have really good access to your lecturers and it's a really good environment."

Robertson Hyetts associate director Mark Donaldson said his firm sponsored the awards as a way to encourage local talent.

“It’s very much our way of supporting the local campus and hopefully the local industry going forward," he said.

"We look to support the Bendigo law school at La Trobe in any way we can because we recognise (students) are the future of the local industry."

La Trobe University pro vice-chancellor Richard Speed attended the ceremony, as well as Bendigo campus head Rob Stephenson and representatives from each of the university's five faculties.

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