Victoria University has kicked off its inaugural Chancellor's Scholarships for 2014, which grants $5000 a year plus leadership development for commencing degree students with ATAR scores over 90.
St Bernards College Essendon graduate Luke Marinelli is among the first of up to 100 recipients of the new scholarship program. He received an ATAR score of 93.3, and has enrolled in VU's Bachelor of Clinical Sciences to become an osteopath.
"Always at the back of my mind, I really wanted to get that scholarship but didn’t know whether or not I would get over 90. When I was finally offered it, it was BIG!"
Luke will receive $5000 a year and is hoping to use some of the funds for overseas work experience.
Besides the financial award, Chancellor's Scholars receive a range of professional and personal development opportunities including mentoring from Australian corporate leaders, internships, student leadership training, and invitations to University-sponsored seminars and other events.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins says the program reflects the University’s commitment to excellence and recognises the efforts of high-achieving students.
Students receive the funding for the duration of their undergraduate program as long as they are enrolled full-time at VU and achieve a grade average of 70 per cent.
To be eligible for a Chancellor's Scholarship, students must have completed their VCE the year they apply to VU, achieve an ATAR score of at least 90, and list Victoria University in their VTAC course preference list.
VU's new Chancellor's Scholarship program complements the University's existing Achievement Scholarships and Access Scholarships.