UNE announces winners of its ‘Live Free’ competition

Published 22 December 2009

livefreeTwo lucky school-leavers have won a year’s free college accommodation at the University of New England in 2010.

The University announced today the two winners of its “Live Free at UNE” competition. They are Arabella Nelder from Lismore (winner of the competition’s first round) and Shanelle Maloney from Grafton (winner of the second round).

Both Arabella and Shanelle completed their Higher School Certificate studies this year – Arabella at Somerville House in Brisbane, and Shanelle at Grafton High.

The first round of the competition was conducted at this year’s UNE Open Day in September, and the second round was conducted – subsequently – online. Altogether, the competition attracted more than 1,000 entrants from around Australia.

Each prize covers one year’s college fees to the value of $7,500 – including accommodation and meals, cleaning and linen services, and Internet and phone connections. If they accept their prize, each winner will be able to live at the college they have chosen from among six UNE residences, where they will experience a living-and-learning environment unique to UNE.

This is the first time that UNE has run the “Live Free at UNE” competition. “It’s a great opportunity for our prize-winners to gain an experience of college life while being able to focus on their studies without having to think about accommodation costs, and all the associated living expenses such as energy bills,” said UNE’s Chief Development Officer, Chris Patton. “The University is particularly happy to make these prizes available at a time when many rural and regional families considering tertiary education options may be experiencing economic hardship in our communities.  We look forward to welcoming Arabella and Shanelle – along with hundreds of new first-year students – to our campus accommodation at UNE.”

Clicking on the image displayed here reveals a photograph of Mr Chris Patton drawing the name of the second-round winner of the “Live Free at UNE” competition.