|4 February 2019
Wattle Range Council continues to support rural and regional students into tertiary study with the announcement that they will not only extend their commitment to its Flinders University scholarship scheme but also enter into a new agreement with University of South Australia offering further assistance with a brand-new scholarship program.
At its meeting of 27 November 2018, Council resolved to extend its sponsorship of the existing Hon. Terry Roberts MLC Memorial student scholarship program with Flinders University for a further four years. As well as funding a new Wattle Range Council scholarship program with Uni SA consisting of two annual $2,500 scholarships for a similar period.
Assistance in both programs is offered to students who live in the Wattle Range area who will be commencing undergraduate study with either educational institution.
The University of South Australia scholarship will be offered, one scholarship each year for a student studying on the Mount Gambier campus and the other for a student who will be relocating to study at one of their metropolitan campuses.
The Flinders University Hon. Terry Roberts MLC Memorial student scholarship, which dates back to 2007, will be altered in the coming year from offering up to 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to the grant of two annual $2,500 scholarships.
Wattle Range Council Mayor, Des Noll praised the scholarship initiatives. “It is in the interests of the entire region to encourage our young people to undertake higher education. Wattle Range Council has a smaller percentage of population (1%) attending University compared to the State Average of 4.7%.
“These programs are designed to assist rural and regional students with the burdening costs of undertaking university study. This includes outlays for relocation, travel expenses, text books and the purchase of computer hardware and software”, he said.
“There is a clearly identified need and opportunity to then attract these people back to the region and the Council area when they have completed their studies or undertaken initial work placements in metropolitan areas. This is something that Council is continually working on”, Mayor Noll concluded.
The University of South Australia’s Regional Manager: Mount Gambier, Ian McKay welcomed the Council’s decision to extend it’s University Scholarship Program.
“UniSA has a strong relationship with Wattle Range Council, and we are aware of the Council’s commitment to enhancing the educational opportunities for its residents. The addition of two scholarships for students studying at UniSA will be a great benefit to students, and we are very appreciative of this initiative by the Council”, Mr McKay said.
Students are urged to contact their university to obtain further information on eligibility and the application process.
Pictured: Ian McKay, Regional Manager: Mount Gambier - University of South Australia; Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer - Wattle Range Council; and Mayor Des Noll, Wattle Range Council.
For further information please contact:
Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900