Victoria University's 70 new Achievement Scholarship recipients were welcomed to university life at a breakfast hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins last week.
The students were selected from 46 schools as the highest achieving Year 12 students from their schools to apply to VU. The Achievement Scholarships program, launched last year, is unique in Australia for offering up to 100 scholarships in a single region.
The program awards one undergraduate and one vocational scholarship to students from each of the 50 government and private secondary schools in the cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham. Higher education scholarship winners receive $5000 a year for up to four years, and vocational educational students, $2000 a year for up to two years.
The 2011 Achievement Scholars are enrolled across every faculty and at every campus - 40 in higher education courses and 30 in vocational courses.
Professor Dawkins said the students had demonstrated a commitment to their education and could inspire others at their schools to aspire to tertiary education.
Nadia Kapri, a second year Bachelor of Psychology student and recipient of a 2010 Achievement Scholarship, said she had developed a sense of place and confidence through leadership courses she has taken as part of her scholarship program.
Achievement Scholarships are supported by fundraising undertaken by the Victoria University Foundation, as well as the Western Bulldogs Club, which commits $1 from every member every year. VU staff can also contribute a portion of their salaries to support the scholarships.
The VU Achievement Scholarships are in addition to 450 Equity Scholarships that the University offers to disadvantaged students in Melbourne's west.
Learn more about VU Scholarships.