Getting a hand to cover costs— it’s academic
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