Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson has congratulated the students from the Ballarat, Bendigo and Corangamite electorates who have received a Government funded scholarship to assist with the costs of their tertiary education.

Five students from Ballarat, six from Bendigo and six from Corangamite have received scholarships under the Morrison Government’s $58.1 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, with additional consideration given to those affected by bushfire and drought.

“Our Government is ensuring that every Australian, no matter where they live, has access to a world-class education,” Senator Henderson said.

“There are 143 students from regional Victoria who have benefited from up to $18,000 per student towards the cost of their studies at higher education providers, including Deakin University in Geelong and Federation University Ballarat.

“It’s only fair if you live in regional Victoria that you get the same opportunities to access higher education as those living in metropolitan areas, and this financial support will help our students to do so.

“The scholarships will help ease some of the financial burden at what has been a very difficult time for many, and include $500 for regional Victorian students to undertake an internship to ensure they are job-ready.

 “As part of our Government’s Job-ready Graduates reforms, we are providing an additional $400 million to increase opportunities for regional, rural and remote students to get a world-class education and support regional university campuses.

 “We are committed to ensuring more Australians from regional and remote areas like Ballarat, Bendigo and Corangamite learn the skills they will need to succeed in the jobs of the future.”

 Scholarships are offered throughout 2020. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/scholarships.

10 July 2020