Achieving outcomes for the communities in which we live commonly requires connections to leverage and amplify impact.
Our vocational and tertiary scholarship program is an excellent example of what can be achieved by simply connecting with others. In fact we believe the positive benefits for our communities will only grow when our recipients graduate from their courses.
We partnered with Community Sector Banking late last year to launch the $20,000 scholarship program for our tenants across Victoria. Seven tenants were awarded with two-year scholarships to ease the financial stress of study, allowing them to focus more on their studies and goals for the future.
It is well documented that higher education levels lead to improved employment outcomes and more cohesive communities. We hope by helping to remove the financial barriers to study, those with the capability to give back but have limited financial capacity, will be able to enrich our communities with their abilities and skills that may have otherwise remained untapped.
During the application process each recipient had to articulate their goals and how that qualification would change their lives. Unlike other scholarship programs we keep in touch with the recipients and check-in with their progress and achievements.
Already, one of our recipients, Janet has instigated a positive outcome for her community. Empowered by her studies she successfully campaigned with her local MP to have a dangerous intersection made safer for school children and their families.
Pursuing their dreams to become teachers, environment and conservation scientists, accountants, and social and community workers, our recipients are setting great examples and inspiring those around them.
You can read more of their inspiring stories here:
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Scholarship recipients at Docklands for the presentation day with Community Sector Banking.
Top (L–R): Janet Flounders, Akolda Bil
Bottom (L–R): Kraig Krieger, Rosemary White, Julie Boros