The University of New England this week presented approximately $7.1m worth of scholarships to 122 undergraduate students and 114 postgraduate students at a ceremony attended by students and their families, as well as some of the donors who made the scholarships possible.
Scholarships are presented to students for achievement in a wide range of academic and extra-curricular pursuits as well as to many students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Eve Woodberry, Academic Registrar of UNE, presented the scholarships at the evening event on Thursday.
“The annual scholarship presentation ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise the hard work and dedication of our students, as well as the great generosity of the scholarship donors,” Ms Woodberry said.
“UNE is committed to helping students focus on their studies and reach their potential by offering a wide range of scholarship opportunities to ease financial pressures. Each and every one of the recipients should be very proud of their achievements.”
Kodie Noy, recipient of the Keith Entwistle Honours Scholarship which is funded by the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI), is completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours, and expressed his gratitude to the scholarship donors for making his research possible.
“Supporting yourself while doing research can be very difficult, because it takes up the time of a full-time job,” Mr Noy said. “I work with nocturnal animals, which means I can’t even get a night job to support myself during my studies. I am so appreciative that people are willing to give me such great support while I complete my research.”
Managing Director of ABRI, Deon Goosen, attended the presentation ceremony, and said that ABRI looks to support UNE students wherever possible.
“We regard ourselves as part of the UNE family,” Mr Goosen said. “Because of this, we think it’s important to support students financially during their studies. From another angle, we like to support students by looking at potential avenues for employment in the future.”
Cyclists Kirby Knowles and Geoff Straub both received a New England Mutual Sporting Scholarship, which recognises their outstanding sporting ability. Both athletes said the scholarships go a long way in helping them to balance their studies and their sport.
“As a student, this scholarship means a lot,” Ms Knowles said. “It means I can participate in more races, I can travel more, and it also helps with bike maintenance.”
Mr Straub thanked New England Mutual, and said their support is amazing.
“I race anywhere between 50 and 100 days a year, so any help I can get is really appreciated,” Mr Straub said.
Photographs from the event can be found here