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Bank invests in CQUni students to retain local talent

Bank invests in CQUni students to retain local talent

Published:04 May 2018

Branch Manager Charmaine Matsen (left) and CQUni Business Lecturer Maree Franettovich (right) congratulate Sarina Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank Ambassador and Scholarship recipients Taitianna McGrath, Hunter Aitchison, Anneka Micallef and Sheryl Kenny.

Sarina Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank is committed to investing in education to retain students and encourage the development of expertise locally.

That's also the philosophy behind the bank's Engagement Program, which supports local students to attend CQUniversity Mackay.

As part of this program, one scholarship and three Student Ambassador positions have been awarded to local students to attend CQUni Mackay this year.

CQUni first-year Bachelor of Business student Hunter Aitchison was thrilled to be awarded a $4500 Sarina Community Bank® Branch Scholarship for 2018-2020.

Hunter is also a CQUni STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies) success story. (The STEPS program provides a pathway for people wishing to gain entry to – and excel in – higher education.)

“Thanks to CQUni’s STEPS program, I now have the skills to succeed in tertiary education; and this incredible scholarship has given me confidence and determination to achieve great things with my career,” Hunter said.

This is the seventh year the Sarina Community Bank® Branch Scholarship has been offered to CQUni students.

CQUni Mackay’s Anneka Micallef and Taitianna McGrath (both studying the double degree of Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Business), and Sheryl Kenny (Bachelor of Laws) have proudly accepted the positions of Student Ambassadors along with associated $1000 grants to assist them on their learning journeys.

As such, these students will now become the face of Sarina Community Bank® Branch.

Branch Manager Charmaine Matsen said both the scholarship and ambassador initiatives were created to empower and support local students.

“We are committed to investing in education to support students who are choosing to live, study and work locally,” she said.

“We are delighted to be able to offer engagement opportunities and assistance to students from our regional areas to help them complete tertiary studies, further their careers and engage with their community.”

Sarina Community Bank® Branch’s Community Engagement Program has invested more than $1.8 million in community projects and initiatives since opening in 2005, with seven scholarships and five Ambassadorships awarded to local students attending CQUni Mackay, totalling $34 500 to date.

More details on the bank here.