Scholarship a new start for top students August 27, 2013 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. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Events, Teaching and Learning, Domestic students Tags: andrew taggart, barbara holland, city of mandurah, discover your potential, laura bailey, peel campus, rachel pritchard, rockingham campus, scholarship, senate medal Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!