Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is excited to launch the CEF 2020 Scholarships Guide as a community education resource, highlighting hundreds of thousands in scholarships now available for young students.
Nearly 1500 university scholarships are available on the digital resource, which aims to assist rural and regional Australians access scholarships, grants and bursaries.
This purpose-built online scholarship search platform includes an interactive personality quiz to assist with career choices, offers student voices answering ‘why apply?’, as well as tips and tricks for applying successfully.
“In our work at Country Education Foundation of Australia, we are constantly reminded of the need and demand for more information about tertiary education,” said Acting CEO Juliet Petersen.
“The ongoing issue of scholarship money going begging is not acceptable when we know that country communities need support.”
“We hope this user-friendly Scholarships Guide encourages a sense of aspiration in young students from rural and regional Australia. It’s a demanding time for higher education students right now. In this guide, we hope to remind them that there is support, there is hope and there is a spot at university.”
First year medical radiation science student, Hannah Evers said CEF scholarship support was “essential” for her to even fathom accepting an offer to study at the Charles Sturt University Wagga campus.
“I’ve lived in Broken Hill my whole life, so at first moving to Wagga was really daunting,” Hannah said.
“Coming from an outback area, I know a lot of people feel as though university or further study is too far out of reach or difficult to achieve. Despite how determined I was, I still felt as though accomplishing my goal would be much harder considering my circumstances.”
She said receiving the $21,000 Andrew and Paula Liveris University Scholarship removed a lot of the financial burden, making it easier to devote more time to study, join clubs and play sport without being so heavily reliant on employment.
The 2019 Scholarship Guide is available to search now at 2020 Scholarships Guide, where you can read Hannah’s full blog about her experiences applying for scholarships.