More country students to access education

Published 14 June 2019

More country students will have access to tertiary education at the University of New England thanks to co-sponsored scholarships from the University of New England Foundation (UNEF) and the Country Education Foundation (CEF).

Under the co-contribution partnership agreement, the UNEF will provide up to $40,000 per annum for three years to the CEF for the program.

The scholarships are open now for applicants commencing studies in 2020.

UNE Vice Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan said UNE is proud to support the work of the CEF in creating opportunities for country students.

“The rollout of the UNE-CEF scholarship in 2019 is the result of a long-standing relationship going back to at least 2007, when the need to work together was first recognised,” Prof Duncan said.

We believe that as the first regional university established in Australia, UNE is in the best position to support the learning aspirations of Australia’s regional and rural communities.

“We are a small university but have a proud history of outstanding distance and online education, teaching quality and an outstanding student experience online and on-campus. In fact, this year we were ranked the top public university nationally for the quality of our undergraduate student experience.

“We look forward to working with CEF in providing opportunities for students to make a real difference to their futures, and we look forward to welcoming those students over the next three years.”

“We consider this partnership funding vitally important to the Country Education Foundation organisation, and to the students we support. Encouraging young, ambitious and talented kids to attend UNE to further their career is paramount in assisting students achieve great outcomes for themselves, their communities as well as rural and regional Australia as a whole,” CEF CEO Wendy Cohen said.

The Country Education Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation helps rural and regional communities support local youth access further education. CEF’s network of local committees throughout the country are run by community volunteers all with one thing in common – a passion for seeing rural and regional youth succeed.

The number of Scholarships awarded is dependent on the number of students who are identified and supported by CEF.

Applications can be submitted through the CEF website.