Heathcote and District Community Bank Branch awarded a scholarship to Tarlyn Grant who is studying history and literature at La Trobe University in Bendigo.BARBARA SUNGAILA March 21, 2014 4:05am
Heathcote resident Tarlyn Grant is a step closer to completing her degree thanks to a Heathcote and District Community Bank Branch scholarship.
Ms Grant was awarded the scholarship in 2013 with the possibility of it being extended into 2014.
Heathcote and District Community Bank Branch chairman Barry Cail said he was thrilled to extend the offer for Tarlyn to further her education in 2014 and congratulated her on passing her subjects.
‘‘There are many students in our region that have big dreams for their careers, but for some of them, not having financial support may mean that this dream may not happen,’’ Mr Cail said.
‘‘A community greatly benefits from a young person’s ability to further their education and perhaps one day return to their home town to live and work.
‘‘This scholarship program means young people have the chance to follow their dreams and the positive impact will be valuable for our community.’’
Ms Grant said the scholarship would help her achieve her goal of studying a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
She is studying history and literature and is considering archaeology as a long-term goal.
Last year, the scholarship allowed her to take two weeks off work to attend summer school in Melbourne where she studied the Renaissance art period.
‘‘I was not able to hear until the age of two and my early education was a challenge. When I started primary school the idea of even completing my VCE was a pipe dream,’’ Ms Grant said.
‘‘I now feel that with the support of my family and the correct interventions anything is possible.
‘‘I’m very grateful to Heathcote and District Community Bank Branch for its support of my education.’’
The scholarship follows a number of youth-based initiatives the community bank has been part of recently.
These have included the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Foundation at Heathcote Primary School, the Food Bank Victoria Breakfast Program at three district primary schools and funding free driver tests for local learner drivers.
The scholarship was first offered in 2013 to first-time tertiary students who faced challenges in furthering their studies which may have meant a university degree was out of their reach.
For further information about the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program, visit www.bendigoadelaide.com.au/scholarships
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