Bank opens $1.5 million scholarship program

THE Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group has launched its largest ever university scholarship program, offering $1.5 million in support to Australian students.

Bundaberg students starting their first year of undergraduate study in 2015 are eligible to apply for financial support under the program.

Bundaberg Branch Manager Janine Hochmuth said scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.

 "Unfortunately, the growing cost of further study can rule out many young people's chance of following their dreams," Janine Hochmuth said.  

"Many students, particularly where they will be leaving home to attend university, face significant financial pressures.

"The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group's suite of scholarships aim to go some way at reducing those barriers and ensuring talented students can reach their full potential.''

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Chairman, Robert Johanson, said that with the help of its subsidiaries and partners, the Group would next year support up to 220 first year and returning students.

"At the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group we are always working to create successful communities and we believe that starts from the ground up, by investing in our young people," Mr Johanson said.

"Our scholarship program was created to give gifted regional students the chance to fulfill their tertiary aspirations, and maybe one day they will be able to bring these skills back to their local community."

Scholarship applications open on Monday  December 1, close on Friday January 23, 2015 and will be assessed in early 2015.

 For more information about the 2015 scholarship program, head into Bundaberg Branch at 90 Bourbong St Bundaberg or visit

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