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Melbourne University scholarships open

Scholarships are now open for students across the region for pathway studies at the University of Melbourne's Dookie campus for a Diploma in General Studies.

December 19, 2013 4:51am

The University of Melbourne has opened applications for $5000 2014 scholarships for the Diploma in General Studies, based at the Dookie campus near Shepparton, and five other locations in the Hume region.

Twelve scholarships of $5000 each, including two awards for students of indigenous background, towards study and travel costs are being offered in 2014. Successful applicants from VCE, TAFE, employees seeking to up-skill and mature aged students are eligible for these scholarships.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma in General Studies, students in the Hume region are able to gain guaranteed entry into science, agriculture, environments, commerce, and biomedicine at the university of Melbourne based on their graded average scores.

Application deadline is 30 December 2013 and details can be found at the website listed below.

Yea student Shaun Martin began the Diploma in General Studies this year to enhance his career prospects in agribusiness and is now working and studying part-time on a scholarship. When he completes his Diploma in General Studies, he will gain automatic entry into a Bachelor of Agriculture, with subject credits awarded for most of his first year.

He has sound advice to anyone considering the course: ‘‘Just do it!’’

‘‘It’s such a supportive environment and fantastic to tie in with your work,’’ he said.

‘‘It gives you a leg-up. Clients see you as having more credibility.’’

The course is delivered at the Dookie campus in partnership with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and Wodonga Institute of TAFE in Shepparton, Seymour, Wangaratta, Benalla and Wodonga providing access to local campuses and industry mentoring.

The Diploma in General Studies was launched in 2013 to provide a stepping stone for students into degree courses and prepare them for university study by developing their academic skills and providing an opportunity to sample subjects in science, commerce, environments or agriculture.

Shaun said the best part was having a supportive environmnet at work and in studying.

‘‘My lecturer in Chemistry is brilliant! In year 8 my teacher told me never to do science in VCE because I was no good at it and yet now I have just passed my first semester of Chemistry at University. I feel a real sense of achievement within myself,’’ he said.

Direct entry applications will be accepted for the 2014 academic year so students can apply for admission to the Diploma in General Studies in addition to VTAC preferences by submitting an application directly to the University of Melbourne.

The Diploma in General Studies is partly funded by the Victorian Governments Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund and aims to provide students with their first experience of tertiary study in the Hume region where they can be closer to home, family and friends.

The Diploma in General Studies is a one year full-time or two years part-time course.

Dookie campus director Ros Gall said the course gives students a year to experience study and is a stepping stone to a meaningful outcome; whether that is employment, or further study in a University of Melbourne degree or TAFE program.

‘‘Students are provided support and advice to select subjects that best fit with their goals whether that be to try new subjects, pursue an interest, or undertake prerequisite subjects they missed out on at school,’’ Ms Gall said.

The flexibility of the course allows students to make their own living arrangements, including low-cost accommodation available at Dookie campus.

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