Brighter Futures academic scholarship program empowers Yarrabilba success stories

YARRABILBA students enrolled in a full-time university or TAFE course will have the opportunity to apply for $30,000 worth of grants to boost their studies next year.

SUCCESS STORY: Casey Allison (left) and Zoe Allison (right) with Kathleen Jackson who was awarded a Brighter Futures academic scholarship in 2019. Photo: Lendlease

SUCCESS STORY: Casey Allison (left) and Zoe Allison (right) with Kathleen Jackson who was awarded a Brighter Futures academic scholarship in 2019. Photo: Lendlease

Lendlease and Bendigo Bank have joined forces over the past three years to offer $5000 grants to university students and $2000 to TAFE students as part of their Brighter Futures academic scholarship program.

Eligible applicants must live in Yarrabilba, be enrolled in tertiary education, demonstrate community involvement and academic drive and be subject to circumstances which would hinder further study.

Griffith University nursing student and 2019 grant recipient Kathleen Jackson said the scholarship covered the cost of all her learning resources and placement expenses.

"Receiving the scholarship was not just about the funds for me," she said.

"It tells me I'm seen as having potential for the future of our community and my long-term goal is to be able to give back to the Yarrabilba community."

Lendlease Yarrabilba development director Michelle Wooldridge said the scholarship program helped cover study related expenses including course costs, materials, equipment, textbooks, tutoring and education related travel.

"The Yarrabilba Brighter Futures academic scholarships aim to assist academically driven students from Yarrabilba who are facing challenging circumstances, to help alleviate some of the barriers to completing further study," Ms Wooldridge said.

"On completion of this academic scholarship round, a total of $85,000 in funds will have been awarded to the Yarrabilba community, supporting students in areas including nursing, criminology, exercise science, social work, neuro physio and physiotherapy.

"It's fantastic to see success stories like Kathleen's, she graduates this month and has already secured a graduate nursing program in the new year."

Applications open from December 1 and close on January 31 next year.

Funds will be awarded early next year.

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