The University of New England and diverse Scholarship recipients hosted a special luncheon to thank donors for their generous contributions last week.
In acknowledging the donors, Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan made mention of the significant contribution from the estates of Cecil Spence and Stanley Droder – bequests that have resulted in two new scholarship programs established in 2016, providing support for 26 first-time recipients.
“As a regional university, we have a special obligation to make tertiary education accessible and achievable for regional and rural students as well as for students with challenging socio-economic circumstances,” Prof. Duncan said.
“With the help of these two bequests we have been able to do so.”
Scott Lindsay, recipient of the Ella Schroder Residential Scholarship, delivered a thank you address on behalf of scholarship recipients.
“I was overwhelmed when I was notified I’d be supported by a scholarship. It’s given me the precious gift of time to study,” Mr Lindsay said.
“Because of donors we can fully engage in our studies and have better and greater career aspirations.”
Numerous other recipients echoed Scott in thanking the donors for their contributions.
“The scholarship has made a huge difference to me and my family. We are all incredibly thankful,” Brooke Chudleigh, Duncan Family Scholarship recipient said.
“Life at university is now so much easier. The scholarship also enables me to buy my textbooks,” Caitlin Graham, Tamex UNE Country scholarship recipient said.
Samuel Cooper, an inaugural recipient of the Cec Spence Memorial Country Scholarship, said he was very happy to be a recipient and that it would help him to pay his fees.
Prof. Duncan said Scholarships have lasting positive effects for the students, their families, and the University community as a whole.
“They make an enormous contribution and sometimes the critical difference for students striving to meet their goals,” Prof. Duncan said.
UNE currently has more than 80 named donor-funded scholarships supporting in excess of 100 students in pursuing their studies.
Contact UNE’s Office of Advancement on 3773 2318 if you want to learn more about establishing a scholarship at UNE.