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    RECIPIENTS: Federation University scholarship recipients, back, from left, Bethany Ward, Cecilia Wilson and Robert O’Callaghan, middle, Sarah Harrison, K’lu Say Say, Elayna Kinley, Bella Wah and Damian McDonald, and front, Ebony Harrison, Bailey Price, Paw Say Paw and Tyla Smith. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Federation University scholarships making a difference

Federation University presented scholarships to 17 students at its Wimmera campus last week, as part of a record 254 scholarships distributed through the Federation University Australia Foundation.

Scholarship recipients had a chance to mingle with donors who supported them at the event on Thursday, with many expressing their gratitude.

Diploma of Nursing student Ebony Harrison received one of 20 Foundation TAFE scholarships.

She said it ‘meant the world’ to her.

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“It means so incredibly much. I’m doing the course with my mum and she also has a scholarship,” Ms Harrison said.

“We’ve struggled with domestic violence, we’re looking after my nan and we’re renovating our house, so it means a lot.

“We travel 45 minutes each way from Stawell, so it’s going to help a lot, especially with placement.”

Bailey Price received the $1000 Ryan Margetts Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a Wimmera campus student undertaking volunteering or leadership roles within local community groups.

Ms Price, who volunteers with the SES, said she was thrilled to receive the scholarship after moving from New Zealand for her studies.

“For me it’s everything. We moved here from New Zealand last year and I’m having to pay for placements, so we’re starting afresh with no family support,” she said.

“I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to receive the scholarship. 

“I know it’s a huge thing for Ryan Margetts’ family and hopefully I can do them proud.”

In total, Federation University distributed more than $859,000 worth of scholarships across its campuses.

Vice-chancellor and president Duncan Bentley said the number of scholarships awarded by Federation University had grown each year since its formation a decade ago.

“Scholarships help to ease the pressure of financial hardship for students, providing them with the opportunity to participate fully in their studies and fulfil their aspirations,” he said.

More information about Federation University’s scholarships is available at website

– Colin MacGillivray

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