Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tylers a worthy scholar

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Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said the scholarshi­ps valued at $5000 for each year of undergradu­ate study were open to La Trobe University students who live nearby ARTC’s Inland Rail project alignment.

“We’re supporting students in regional areas because the cost of going to university and living away from home can be out of reach for some students who may be experienci­ng financial hardship or family pressures,” Mr Drum said.

“Students need to be supported and encouraged to stay in their community to study and work, rather than having to move away in the hope they’ll one day return.

“Scholarshi­ps like this offer that level of support to help keep local people in their hometowns once they leave school and look to begin their careers.”

Tyler, who is studying biomedical science at Albury-Wodonga’s La Trobe University campus, said he was honoured to be awarded the scholarshi­p.

“Being awarded this scholarshi­p means that

I have been given the opportunit­y to fulfill my goals of studying Biomedical Science to become a general practition­er,” Mr Barnes said.

“This scholarshi­p has changed my life – it means that I can focus on my studies without having to worry about any future financial burden.

“The scholarshi­p will allow me to study while working minimal hours – it frees up more time for me to focus on studies, as well as saving some money for my future medical studies.

“Studying at a regional university is a great privilege that gives me a large sense of belonging and feeling part of a local community. “Being at a regional campus allows me to build a strong relationsh­ip with my lecturers and fellow regional students.”

Inland Rail Director of Planning, Communicat­ions and Stakeholde­r Relations, Rebecca Pickering, said ARTC was keen to support regional students by providing opportunit­ies for them to graduate into fulfilling careers, enabling them to give back to their local communitie­s.

“These scholarshi­ps, and any employment opportunit­ies they unlock, will act as a catalyst for positive change in many regional communitie­s along the Inland Rail project alignment, and we are delighted to partner with La Trobe University,” Ms Pickering said.

“What we have heard from previous recipients is they plan to use the Inland Rail scholarshi­p to give back to their local communitie­s and fill existing gaps in their fields in regional Victoria.”

La Trobe University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Regional) Professor Richard Speed thanked ARTC for supporting the scholarshi­p recipients.

“These generous scholarshi­ps ensure that students who might not otherwise be able to attend university can do so through critical financial support,” Professor Speed said.

“La Trobe’s regional graduates are highly skilled and career-ready. Through our valued partnershi­p, ARTC is directly contributi­ng to the University’s positive impact on regional and rural communitie­s – and in Tyler’s case, to the future regional medical workforce.”

The program is a partnershi­p between ARTC’s Inland Rail Skills Academy and three regional universiti­es.

The program provides students with targeted support to build their interperso­nal skills, job readiness, workplace experience, and general health and wellbeing with the aim of all students successful­ly completing their degree.

Bundalong resident Tyler Barnes is among four recipients of tertiary scholarshi­ps – valued at up to $20,000 each from the Australian Rail Track Corporatio­n.

 ??  ?? Bundalong resident and La Trobe University student Tyler Barnes has received a scholarshi­p valued at $5000 for each year of his undergradu­ate study of biomedical science.
Bundalong resident and La Trobe University student Tyler Barnes has received a scholarshi­p valued at $5000 for each year of his undergradu­ate study of biomedical science.

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