Yarrabilba students overcome financial barriers to study

TAFE and university students living at Yarrabilba will be eligible for a share in $30,000 worth of scholarships this year. 

ON TRACK: University of Queensland Neuro Physio Masters student Muhammad Idrees said the financial support helped him pursue his dream. Photo: Lendlease

ON TRACK: University of Queensland Neuro Physio Masters student Muhammad Idrees said the financial support helped him pursue his dream. Photo: Lendlease

Lendlease and Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation have partnered to supply the scholarship funds as part of Yarrabilba’s 2019 Brighter Futures academic grant program.

Eligible applicants must be Yarrabilba residents enrolled or accepted into a full time Australian university or TAFE course, and are required to demonstrate academic drive, community involvement and whether they are affected by circumstances which could hinder further study.

The inaugural grant round was launched in 2018 and success stories have already emerged.

University of Queensland Neuro Physio Masters student Muhammad Idrees said the financial support helped him pursue his dream job.

“The Yarrabilba Brighter Futures scholarship allowed me to purchase a much-needed laptop and textbooks that have helped me with my studies,” he said.

“It’s my passion to treat those who have neurological problems, and because of the scholarship I am able to achieve my goal.”

Griffith University Bachelor of Exercise Science student and 2018 grant recipient, Anne-Marie Dieudonne was the recipient of a Yarrabilba Brighter Futures scholarship in 2018. Photo: Lendlease

Griffith University Bachelor of Exercise Science student and 2018 grant recipient, Anne-Marie Dieudonne was the recipient of a Yarrabilba Brighter Futures scholarship in 2018. Photo: Lendlease

Griffith University Bachelor of Exercise Science student and 2018 grant recipient, Anne-Marie Dieudonne said the money helped her dedicate more time to her studies.

“The Yarrabilba Brighter Futures scholarship paid my child care fees for a whole semester, making it possible for me to continue my studies with less financial pressure,” she said.

Lendlease Communities Queensland general manager Guy Gibson said the scholarship fund removed barriers to tertiary study.

“On completion of this academic round, a total of $55,000 in scholarship funds will have been awarded to the Yarrabilba community, already supporting students in areas including nursing, physiotherapy, exercise science and social work,” Mr Gibson said.

Full-time university students are eligible to apply for a $5000 grant while TAFE students can apply for a $2000 scholarship.

Applications for the second round of grants will close on Tuesday, January 29, with money to be awarded to successful applicants in early 2019.

For more information visit the website.

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