Victoria University's new Chancellor's Scholarships Program will grant high-achieving students an annual scholarship of $5,000.
In 2014, up to 100 Chancellor's Scholarships will be available to new enrolling Bachelor students at Victoria University, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, and have completed their VCE or interstate equivalent in the year they are applying for the scholarship, achieving an ATAR of at least 90.00.
The scheme rounds out the University's scholarship suite, complementing the Access Scholarships and Achievement Scholarships and makes it the most extensive scholarship program for undergraduate students in Victoria. It is part of Victoria University's commitment to being excellent, engaged and accessible and to help a diverse range of students find true success.
Victoria University's Chancellor, George Pappas, who is acutely aware of the value of education, has something in common with many students studying at the University – he was the first in his family to graduate with a degree.
Mr Pappas also understands the difference a scholarship can make to a student's education. After completing high school he received a scholarship which enabled him to study undergraduate economics and a further scholarship enabled him to complete an MBA.
He said, "The investment in my education was the most important gift that my parents, my teachers and many others gave to me. With Victoria University's Chancellor's Scholars Program, I hope to see other high-achieving students given educational opportunities they may otherwise not have had.
I believe education can transform lives and the Chancellor's Scholars Program is one way in which Victoria University can help make this happen."
In addition to the annual stipend, students selected into the Program will benefit from:
- Individual mentoring by leaders from Australian business, government, not for profit or professional associations
- Internship opportunity, either through a professional placement, research opportunity, or volunteering activity
- Participation in a leadership program designed to enhance students' ability to create a positive impact in local and global communities; and
- Invitations to University sponsored events, such as lectures by leading international academics, roundtable discussions with prominent members of the business, government or the community and various student leadership events.