Sarina Community Bank recipients forge ahead while endorsing 2020 scholarships

Published:25 November 2019

Lauren Head (front left) and Caitlin Neundorf (second from right) with supporters and ambassadors of the scholarship program. INSET: Branch Chairperson Karen May.

The 2020 scholarships available from Sarina Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank will not only ensure financial support - they will also provide networking opportunities and extra motivation for success.

That's according to 2019 scholars Caitlin Neundorf and Lauren Head, who have progressed in leaps and bounds, thanks to the generous awards.

Lauren used her funds to purchase quality equipment that she could use throughout her apprenticeship with In-Cogneato Hair Artistry in Mackay.

"I thought scholarships were only for those enrolling in full-time Uni, not apprentices, and I think it’s great that the Sarina Community Bank supports those that choose to do a trade," Lauren says.

"The scholarship has given me the chance to be more independent in my workplace, with my own equipment. It will also allow me to extend my education by attending extra training workshops and therefore improve my hairdressing skills."

Business and Accounting student Caitlin is keeping her options open as she considers a business role, or to pursue a career aligned with her love of horses.

This year, Caitlin achieved a personal life goal of representing Queensland in showjumping at the Pony Club Nationals, at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (a venue purpose-built for the 2000 Olympic Games).

"The Sarina Community Bank scholarship has helped me purchase a faster laptop and has opened up many opportunities," she says.

The Sarina Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank is offering a Higher Education Scholarship valued up to $6000 for first-year CQUniversity students from the Sarina/Mackay region who are studying business-related degrees (or Law, Digital Media, Information Technology or Professional Communication). Two $1500 Student Ambassadorships are also available.

A $4000 scholarship is also available to CQUni students commencing their apprenticeship training in the fields of electrical, mechanical, building, automotive, fabrication or hairdressing.

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Branch Chairperson Karen May said the Sarina Community Bank was pleased to offer the apprenticeship scholarship, along with the higher education scholarship.

“Our continued investment in scholarships reinforces our commitment to investing in education and training to retain local talent and encourage the development of expertise locally,” Ms May says.

“The announcement of this 2020 commitment now values the Sarina Community Bank’s contribution in local scholarships for CQUni students at around $70 000.

“While the scholarship dollars are important, we also look forward to supporting our scholarship students with their career goals.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region Professor Pierre Viljoen said Sarina Community Bank Branch was a wonderful supporter of local higher education and vocational education and training.

"This long-standing partnership with the Bank helps strengthen the fabric of our University and our regional community," he says.

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