Scholarship a new start for top students

August 27, 2013

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Primary teaching student Rachel Pritchard said she felt 'overwhelmed by the kindness' of donors who funded her scholarship.

Some of Murdoch University's top students have paid tribute to the generous donors who have helped make their university dreams a reality.

More than 70 students from Murdoch's Rockingham and Peel campuses were officially presented their scholarships and awards at ceremonies earlier this month.

Nursing student Laura Bailey said she “burst into tears of joy and relief” when she learned she was the recipient of two scholarships granted by the City of Mandurah.

“I was down to my last $30 and the financial aid couldn’t have come at a better time,” Ms Bailey told the crowd.

“These awards provide a morale boost, recognise excellence and provide financial support that can mean the difference between completing a degree or not.”

Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said a number of new scholarships were awarded for the first time, the result of community fundraising efforts.

“The Discover Your Potential Scholarships are the result of the wonderful work of the Rockingham Education Development Group,” he said.

The group, chaired by 2013 Senate Medal winner Barbara Holland, has seen five high-achieving Year 12 graduates rewarded with four-year scholarships worth $10,000.

“This has created invaluable opportunities for these young, local people to complete their degrees,” Professor Taggart said.

Also awarded for the first time were a number of undergraduate scholarships, funded by the Federal Government.

For more information about the undergraduate scholarships offered to students in Rockingham, Kwinana and Mandurah, click here.

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