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VU to launch new Achievement Scholarships for Melbourne's west

In an Australian first, Victoria University will launch its new Achievement Scholarships for 60 students from schools in Melbourne's west on Wednesday 22 April, in Footscray.

Media are welcome to attend

VU's Vice Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Harman said: "The scholarships will recognise the talent and potential of young people in Melbourne's west and will be available from 2010."

"This is a unique initiative, because every year the University will provide two scholarships for every secondary school in the western region of Melbourne, one for a student enrolling in an undergraduate degree at VU and one for a student enrolling in a vocational education course at VU - this is a total of around 120 scholarships available every year."

She said that "The new Achievement Scholarships are in addition to the 500 Equity scholarships VU already offers. They reflect how VU's commitment to supporting the many highly capable young people living in western Melbourne."

"The Achievement Scholarships will be for the duration of the student's course, with undergraduate students receiving $5,000 a year, and vocational education students receiving $2,000 a year."

"Initially, the scholarships will focus on the local government areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham."

"The Victoria University Foundation will support the Achievement Scholarships, and to this end is seeking to raise $1.2 million a year."

"I am delighted to announce that the Western Bulldogs have agreed to commit $1 from every member every year - around $28,000 in 2009 - to help fund our Scholarship Program. This will fund the very first Scholarship in perpetuity, and we are very grateful for this demonstration of their commitment to education in the west."


Editors note:

The event will be Mceed by well-known stand-up comedian, Rachel Berger

Speakers will be:

The Hon Justice Frank Vincent AO QC, Chancellor, VU

Professor Elizabeth Harman, Vice Chancellor, VU

Mr Ken Loughnan, AO, Chairman, Victoria University Foundation


Where: Raw Studio, 148 Cowper Street, Footscray

When: Wednesday 22 April 2009

Time: 10.00 am


Media contact:

Andy Gash, A/Media Manager

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4950; mobile: 0411 255 900

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