University students receive helping hand

SUPPORT: Tumby Bay Branch Manager Judy Arbery, students Christopher Mills, Melissa Schenck, Melissa Ireland, and Whyalla Campus Regional Manager Paul Havelberg.
SUPPORT: Tumby Bay Branch Manager Judy Arbery, students Christopher Mills, Melissa Schenck, Melissa Ireland, and Whyalla Campus Regional Manager Paul Havelberg.

Three students which recently graduated from the University of South Australia’s Foundation Studies course have been financially boosted by $1000 Study Support Grants from Bendigo Bank.

The grants, distributed to Christopher Mills, Melissa Schenck and Melissa Ireland, are a result of a three-year partnership between Bendigo Bank and the University of South Australia.

Tumby Bay Branch Manager Judy Arbery said it was great to be able to help mature aged students.

“I think as mature-aged students it’s that bit harder to go back and study, particularly if they have a family. To have some income in the form of a financial grant certainly helps ease their financial pressure,” she said.

“The community branches are all about community and Bendigo Bank is very much about that as well, we want to be able to support all types of groups within our community.

“To be able to support these people is great because they may end up working as social workers in the Whyalla community.”

Whyalla Campus Regional Manager Paul Havelberg pointed out that students make many sacrifices financially.

“They have to balance their busy lives outside of university with their study, so students really appreciate any sort of support they can get. We’re really appreciative of the support from organisations like Bendigo Bank,” he said.

“Our data shows right across the university that students who have been successful in foundation studies are just as successful as other students moving into undergraduate programs.

“These three students in particular are doing very well.”

Recipient Melissa Ireland is studying a Bachelor of Social Work, and says the support means ‘quite a lot’.

“With having to purchase text books, other supplies, and just having to travel all the time it really makes a difference,” she said.

“Without Foundation Studies I probably would have sunk, it gives you a lot of pre-learning that you need as well as time management.

“It’s great to have a university here in Whyalla, previously I did a bit of external study – but coming here made the learning process a lot easier.

“You get easily motivated and have staff who are always able to answer your questions.”

For more information about the University of South Australia Foundation Studies program. and how to enrol, head to http://www.unisa.edu.au/Study/foundation-studies/