Extra support for young students from rural and regional communities’ results from a new partnership between The University of Sydney and Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF).
The new partnership sees five CEF-supported students studying at The University of Sydney receive a further $4000 contribution toward their university education in addition to current scholarships and grants offered by either The University of Sydney or CEF.
Students Ethan Christ (Great Lakes Education Fund), Matilda Langford (Shoalhaven Education Fund), Xavier Lynch (Cowra CEF), Dylan Mason (Hastings Education Fund) and Hannah Nobes (Cowra CEF) will receive the funding to further assist their studies in fields such as medicine, law and veterinary science.
In addition, 20 young students from country Australia have been offered a valuable on-campus Open Day university experience next month.
Country Education Foundation CEO, Wendy Cohen recognises the university’s commitment to supporting young rural and regional students facing challenges associated with access to further education.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to align our hard work with an institution of such high calibre as The University of Sydney. This is set to be a fruitful and long-lasting partnership, with potentially life-changing results for country students,” Ms Cohen said.
“Our shared values and authentic commitment to increasing access and opportunities for rural and regional Australians is a student-centred collaboration that ensures the funding available in this joint program go the very individuals who can benefit the most.”
“We recognise that regional students face some of the greatest financial and geographical challenges in accessing university,” said The University of Sydney Head of Widening Participation and Outreach, Mary Teague.
“Partnering with the Country Education Foundation enables the University of Sydney’s Widening Participation and Outreach program to extend into regional areas across New South Wales, supporting regional high school students in their transition to higher education.”
“This partnership enables sustained relationships between regional students and the University of Sydney. Supporting students from low socio economic regional and remote backgrounds is a key initiative in our 2016-2020 Strategy.”
CEF-identified Year 12 regional students will be attending the Open Day residential program on 30-31 August 2019, allowing them to experience and learn first-hand about the degree courses, schools and faculties, and educational opportunities that are unique to the University of Sydney.
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The 2020 CEF Scholarships Guide, released in August, will offer further information on the array of scholarships available to assist rural and regional students seeking education grants in the next calendar year.