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FOR four local students, academic dreams
will become a reality, thanks to one of Austra-
lia’s leading scholarship programs.
The San Remo, Cowes and Grantville District
Community Bank Scholarships are awarded to
first-time tertiary students whose financial cir-
cumstances might mean that a university de-
gree is out of their reach.
These presentations took place at the Cowes
branch and were attended by board members
of San Remo District Financial Services, staff,
family members and the fortunate recipients.
Jennifer McPhee, a previous recipient of this
scholarship, was there to offer some words of
encouragement on how to get the most out of
their time at university.
Chairman of San Remo, Cowes and Grant-
ville Community Bank branches, Terry Ashen-
den said he was thrilled to offer Tanita, Emily,
Rory and Cameron the opportunity to further
The three recipients from last year have been
awarded a further $5000 after completing their
studies with success in 2016.
“I would hate to think that a local young per-
son would be unable to start a higher education
because of the financial costs,” Terry said.
“This is another way that our Community Bank
company (San Remo District Financial Services)
commits to building stronger communities.
“Our recipients are all very deserving of a
scholarship and I wish them all the best of luck
as they begin an exciting journey toward achiev-
ing their career goals.
“This is our fifth year in the program, with 17
students supported in their university endea-
vours to the tune of $145,000, something our
board is very proud of.
“We can only offer these scholarships due to
the continued support of our customers and
shareholders, so we thank them enormously,”
The San Remo, Cowes and Grantville Dis-
trict Community Bank Scholarship is part of
the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship
Program, which partners with Community
Bank branches, Rural Bank, Community Sec-
tor Banking, La Trobe University, University of
Melbourne and Haven Home Safe.
The program has now supported 450 stu-
dents, with $5.2 million in funding since its
inception in 2007.
For further information, contact Caroline
Talbot, director, on 0419 956730; San Remo
Community Bank Branch on 5678 5833;
Cowes Community Bank Branch on 5952 3383
or Grantville Community Bank Branch on
THE Mirboo North & District Community
Foundation is supporting another seven stu-
dents entering tertiary education.
The foundation recently held its 2017 Edu-
cational Support Fund Awards to celebrate the
achievements of and present awards to seven
students from the district totalling $16,000.
Each of the award winners has just com-
menced the following courses:
• Riona Beyer from Allambee is starting her
BA in Science (Biomedical) at Monash Univer-
• Carina Beyer from Allambee is starting her
MA in Writing and Publishing at RMIT
• Skye Billing from Boolarra is starting a Cert
III in Business at Open Colleges Australia
• Jemma Lade from Yinnar is starting a BA in
Social Science (Psychology) at RMIT
• Beau Linforth from Mirboo North is start-
ing a BA Business (Marketing) at Latrobe Uni-
• Dean Linn from Thorpdale is starting a BA
in Commerce and Science at Monash University.
It is often challenging for rural students to
move into tertiary education given the financial
and emotional implications of taking up a uni-
versity place whether close to or at a distance
The Educational Support Fund was launched
in 2013 as a sub-fund within the community
foundation, with the aim of helping these stu-
dents to continue their education at third level,
with financial and community support behind
During the evening, Heather Butler, member
of the Mirboo North Secondary College Council
and referee for one of the successful recipients,
spoke about how the recipients have had the
courage to choose a field of study, the tenacity
to apply to the Educational Support Fund and
the humbling experience of asking a referee to
All of this, she felt, would have helped them
develop some social skills and self-esteem.
She noted that there are more challenges to
come as they move away from home, but that
they go with a little bit of pride in themselves
for being a successful recipient and in the
knowledge that they have some financial sup-
port to make the process easier.
Heather said there is pleasure and pride in
the wider community for being able to assist
these students continue their education.
“They might be moving away, but they will
be wonderful ambassadors for our town and
who knows what benefits they and their educa-
tion might bring back to our district in years
The foundation not only stewards the in-
vestment of the proceeds of the sale of Mirboo
North’s Aged Care Facility (and distributes the
earnings from it), it also holds bequests and
donations from individuals and groups for dis-
tribution to the community for the purposes
specified by the donor.
The principal contributor to the Education-
al Support Fund, for example, is the Mirboo
North & District Community Bank, and the
foundation is very appreciative of this generous
ongoing contribution from Mirboo North & Dis-
trict Community Bank and its commitment to
However other individuals, groups or busi-
nesses are very welcome to make a donation
to the Educational Support Fund and add fur-
ther weight to the support provided to students
transitioning to third level.
For more information, contact Ruth Rogan on
0418 301 092 or email ruth.rogan@mirboodis-
LEONGATHA World Day of Prayer
Service was held at the Seventh Day
Adventist Church on Friday, March 3,
with services at 10.30am and 7.30pm.
More than 70 men, women and chil-
dren gathered to sing, pray, hear from the
Bible and learn about The Philippines.
World Day of Prayer is an interna-
tional ecumenical Christian initia-
tive and is celebrated annually in 170
countries, and in 233 churches across
Victoria, on the first Friday in March.
The 2017 Order of Service was writ-
ten by the World Day of Prayer Com-
mittee of The Philippines.
Pastor Denis Hankinson was the
speaker. He has visited The Philippines
so gave a firsthand account of life there
as he saw it. Reflecting on the main
Bible text, Matthew 20.1-16, a par-
able about the equal payment of hired
workers for a vineyard, hired over the
course of a day, Pastor Denis answered
the theme question with another ques-
tion, “What is your perception of rich-
ness?”, relating this to the various types
of housing he saw – from cardboard
box, to corrugated iron sheets, to one
room, two room, normal (by Australian
standards – but with water for one hour
twice daily), to his own house.
A collection is taken at each service.
Last year Victorians donated $80,000
to a project in Cuba.
This year the project is Trauma Heal-
ing for Hurting Women: a Counselling
Program of the Bible Society.
Over three years, 6000 women will
be trained to conduct sessions for over
77,000 women. A Bible will be given to
each participant to help them through
AT the scholarship presentation were, from left, Hannah Stuteley, Rory Marshall, Jen
McFee (2016), Emily Burns, Leena Hunt, Emily Semple, Tanita Bow and Cameron King.
to benefit local youth
Education Support Fund award recipients, from left, Sam McCarthy, Skye Billing, Riona
Beyer, Carina Beyer, Dean Linn and Beau Linforth.
Foundation helps seven get to uni
Praying for fairness
Andrea Gunia led the service, Lorraine Bentley read the prayers, Pas-
tor Denis Hankinson gave the address at the evening Leongatha World
Day of Prayer Service.
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