Scholarships to support wide scope of studies

01 June 2022

Over $25 000 in scholarship funding was awarded by Community Bank Sarina Bendigo Bank to further support CQUniversity students in their studies.

Taya Murray (Bachelor of Science)' Jaymi Cook (Bachelor of Digital Media) and Lucy Hamblin (Bachelor of Agriculture – Agribusiness) each received higher education scholarships up to $6000.

Jordan Ruddell (Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade) and Andrew Vrbanic (Certificate III in Plumbing) received apprenticeship scholarships up to $4000.

Community Bank Sarina Board Chair Karen May said that the successful applicants had unintentionally all come from a wide range of study interests and career goals.

"All of these students are studying in regional areas through CQUniversity – representing the diversity of opportunity available outside of our metro counterparts'" Ms May said.

"It really goes to show that if you do want to stick close by to loved ones' that you don't need to sacrifice following your chosen career path by staying in a regional centre."

Scholarship recipient Taya Murray said that it was while at Sarina State High School that she learned about biofuels.

"A career goal of mine is to work at Sarina's ethanol plant' and with this scholarship – I really appreciate the Bank's support and confidence in me'" Taya said.

Jordan Patullo (Ruddell) is undertaking an apprenticeship in engineering (fabrication trade) and was "so excited I couldn't stop smiling" when her name was announced as a scholarship recipient.

"I tried welding in school' and it was something that I just 'got' straight away' and I really liked it'" Jordan said.

"When I finish my apprenticeship – I'm hoping to become a trainer' to help guide others in learning how to do welding and fabrication.

"I'm also a leader with our local unit of the Australia Army Cadets' and I love nothing more than watching the kids grow and develop. So' when I finish' I want to bring my love of welding together with that – to help train others in the trade."

CQUniversity Associate Vice President (North Queensland and Hinterland) and Research Chair (Automation and Future Work Skills)' Professor Pierre Viljoen thanked Community Bank Sarina Bendigo Bank or their support 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 said.

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