Get­ting a hand to cover costs— it’s aca­demic

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

CAL­LUM Jones who has been awarded a schol­ar­ship, worth $6000 over two years, from the Heathcote and District Com­mu­nity Bank.

The schol­ar­ship pro­gram is now in its fourth year and is awarded to a stu­dent en­ter­ing their first year of ter­tiary education.

Heathcote Com­mu­nity Bank board recog­nises ru­ral stu­dents can be at a dis­ad­van­tage with the cost of ter­tiary education, with many hav­ing to com­mute some dis­tance or hav­ing to re­lo­cate.

The schol­ar­ship is funded from prof­its earned by the lo­cal com­mu­nity bank which op­er­ates the Heathcote Bendigo Bank branch.

In award­ing the schol­ar­ship the board of the com­mu­nity bank con­sid­ers aca­demic achieve­ment, con­tri­bu­tion and lead­er­ship in the com­mu­nity as well as fi­nan­cial need.

Re­view­ing the ap­pli­cants were com­pany sec­re­tary Han­nah Thomp­son, board mem­ber Si­mon Osicka, and branch man­ager Michael Prowse,

‘‘I would like to con­grat­u­late Cal­lum on be­ing suc­cess­ful in our schol­ar­ship pro­gram,’’ Mr Prowse said.

‘‘We be­lieve Cal­lum has an op­por­tu­nity to be suc­cess­ful in his cho­sen field and know the schol­ar­ship will as­sist him in reach­ing his goals.”

Cal­lum lives in Mia Mia and fin­ished his Year 12 at Kyne­ton Sec­ondary Col­lege, where he was run­ner up to the school’s dux.

He has en­rolled to study an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree spe­cial­is­ing in elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing at RMIT in Mel­bourne.

While he con­sid­ered study­ing closer to home, Cal­lum’s ex­cel­lent ATAR re­sult has given him the op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance his pas­sion for elec­ton­ics with his cho­sen de­gree at RMIT.

Cal­lum will com­mute to RMIT from Mia Mia, which is four hours of trav­el­ling each day, so not only does the cost of travel present an is­sue, but also the time as it af­fects the amount of part time work he can seek.

‘‘The schol­ar­ship means a lot to me, eas­ing up­front costs of study­ing at Univer­sity and it gives me more con­fi­dence to study in Mel­bourne and achieve my goals,’’ Cal­lum said.

‘‘I am ex­cited to study my cho­sen de­gree be­cause it fol­lows my in­ter­ests and opens up a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ca­reers.’’

Op­tions high­lighted by Cal­lum are the de­fence, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and space in­dus­tries.

Cal­lum also demon­strated com­mu­nity in­volve­ment both at his school but also within the lo­cal area, which in­clude his ef­forts aid­ing the Mia Mia Muster and Bridge Con­nec­tion lo­cal news­pa­per.

Han­nah Thomp­son, 2016 schol­ar­ship win­ner Cal­lum Jones and Michael Prowse

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