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New recipients of Sarina Community Bank scholarships and ambassador awards

Published:03 May 2019

Four CQUniversity students were presented with Sarina Community Bank® Branch Bendigo Bank 2019 Scholarships and Student Ambassador awards in Mackay on Friday 3 May.

Accounting and Business student Caitlin Neundorf will receive $6000 over the three years of her degree, as recipient of the Higher Education Scholarship.

Ms Neundorf says she hopes to one day combine her love of horses with a future business in the equestrian sector.

“I’ve been riding since I was three years old and now regularly compete in show jumping, cross country and dressage,” she says.

“One day I’d love to own my own equestrian breeding program or business relating to horses but I know that could be challenge so it’s good to have a range of career options in accounting or business ahead of me.”

Ms Neundorf says she was excited to find out she had been selected for the scholarship, which would help finance her studies while providing an additional motivation to succeed.

“It’s great that Sarina Community Bank® Branch invests so much of its profits back into the community,” she says.

Hairdressing student Lauren Head will receive $4000 over four years, as recipient of the inaugural Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship.

Ms Head said she was grateful to receive the scholarship as she would be able to use the funds to purchase quality equipment that she would use throughout her apprenticeship.

“In addition, I can hopefully attend some additional training or courses to improve my hairdressing skills,” she says.

“It is great to be able to repay my employer, In-Cogneato Hair Artistry, who as a local small business owner was willing to offer me my apprenticeship after completing work experience with them in September 2018.”

Meanwhile, Accounting student Claudine Asuncion and Accounting/Business student Makayla Comelli will each receive $1500 over three years as Student Ambassadors.

Branch Chairperson Karen May said the new VET scholarship would complement the bank’s already significant investment in CQUni scholarships.

“To date, Sarina Community Bank® Branch has contributed around $60 000 worth of scholarships to local CQUniversity students,” Ms May announced.

“We are committed to investing in education and training to retain local talent and encourage the development of expertise locally,” she said.

“Additionally, our overall investment in the Sarina Community Bank® Branch Scholarship and two ambassadorships (for CQUni Business and Law students, or those studying in a related field) has increased this year.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor for VET Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth commended and wholeheartedly thanked Sarina Community Bank® Branch for its ongoing support.

“The new VET scholarship is a ground-breaking initiative implemented by Sarina Community Bank® Branch that highlights its dedication to regional skills development by offering direct support to local apprentices,” he said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region Professor Pierre Viljoen added that “it is long-standing partnerships such as this that strengthen the fabric of our University and our communities”.

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