Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is encouraging students to get their applications in as The Nationals Scholarship for Young Leaders 2012 draws to a close. The scholarship aims to assist regional Victorian students in their chosen tertiary pathway.
“The Nationals are committed to ensuring that regional and rural young people continue to reach their potential through higher education and training opportunities,” said Senator McKenzie, a former university lecturer.
“The scholarship winners will be chosen based on their academic endeavours, local leadership qualities, community involvement and their commitment to rural life.”
The total value of the scholarship is $5,000 which may be shared amongst one or more successful applicants.
“The response from students across the state has traditionally been of a high calibre. The quality of the applications shows the strength and resilience of young Victorians,” Senator McKenzie said.
The Nationals Senator said the scholarship was a fantastic initiative and encouraged eligible students to apply.
“The Nationals are proud to support regional and rural students pursuing their tertiary studies and promoting exceptional leadership qualities from future leaders, especially those committed to the future development of regional and rural Victoria,” she said.
It is intended that the scholarship be awarded to students planning to return to or remain in the country after their course and who demonstrate a career commitment that will ultimately benefit rural/regional Victoria. Special consideration may also be given to students in hardship situations.
“I would encourage all school leavers and young people progressing with tertiary studies in 2012 to consider applying for the Young Leaders Scholarship.” Senator McKenzie said.
The application process will be open until February 24, 2012. Application forms can be downloaded from The Nationals website: www.vic.nationals.org.au
Senator McKenzie will join O-Week activities in Bendigo next week.