THE financial burden of studying at university has been eased for two Bendigo La Trobe University students after they were awarded scholarships by the Australian Rail Track Corporation.
Comprising $5000 per year for each year of study, the scholarships enable regional students to undertake studies, and ultimately pursue careers that enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their communities.
Two of this year's scholarship recipients are Bendigo students Kasey Watson and Renee Smith.
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Kasey, who has always wanted to study nursing and midwifery, said the scholarship will enable her to focus on her degree.
"My passion for people was a big influence and I find pregnancy such an amazing process, so I just wanted to learn about it. I can't remember there being a time I didn't want to do it," she said.
"The financial reassurance of this scholarship will make a huge difference to me."
Bachelor of Nursing student Renee she was happy and relieved to be awarded the scholarship.
"When I got the scholarship I was just so excited. This is going to help pay for a lot of things and support me through my placements and paying rent. It helps a lot," she said.
La Trobe University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Regional) Professor Richard Speed thanked the Australian Rail Track Corporation for their support.
"These generous scholarships ensure that students who might not otherwise be able to attend university can do so through critical financial support," he said.
"La Trobe's regional graduates are highly skilled and career-ready.
"Through our valued partnership, ARTC is directly contributing to the University's positive impact in regional and rural communities."
The Inland Rail scholarships are offered to students studying at La Trobe's Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Melbourne campuses, provided students reside within the Inland Rail track local government areas.
It helps provide students with targeted support to build their interpersonal skills, job readiness, workplace experience and general health and wellbeing, with the aim of all students successfully completing their degree.
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