Program helps hundreds of rural and regional students

Paris Pauling, of Whyalla, is one of 287 tertiary students who were recently awarded a Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship. Photo - supplied.

Paris Pauling, of Whyalla, is one of 287 tertiary students who were recently awarded a Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship. Photo - supplied.

Tertiary students from across rural and regional Australia have shared in more than $1.1 million for a chance to achieve their dreams.

This year 287 students were awarded up to $5000 by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship program for financial assistance with their studies.

Over 14 years the program has provided $9.2 million to support almost 1000 students in their quest for knowledge.

Paris Pauling, of Whyalla, said she would not have been able to pursue her love of science if not for a Bendigo and Adelaide Bank scholarship.

"My degree is offered exclusively on-campus at Flinders University and without the scholarship, it would be impossible for me to undertake my studies," she said.

"The upfront costs of university, let alone the effectively permanent relocation 400km away to Adelaide, were extremely overwhelming and cost prohibitive.

"After completing my studies, I would love to begin my career anywhere in the world of chemistry, researching and developing materials' properties and working on their development for sustainability, efficiency and longevity."

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chair Jacqueline Hey said the program, which began with one student in 2007, had given rural and regional students opportunities which often led to them returning home for job opportunities.

"It has been pleasing to hear that many of these regional students, especially those studying in the health sector, have expressed a desire to return to their own or other regions where health care services typically have trouble attracting accredited professionals," Ms Hey said.

"It's exciting to imagine where their study will take them and to consider the longer-term benefit to their communities that the scholarship program can enable."

Students can apply for the next round of scholarships from December 2020 until the last week in January 2021.

For more information on the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship program visit www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/apply-for-funding