University scholarship up for grabs thanks to Community Bank

One Year 12 student from Noosa District State High School will soon be adding to their graduation celebrations.

Well known for its support of the annual Australian Business Week (ABW) activities, the Cooroy Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank has now pledged its support to one local student when their new scholarship program application period opens in early December.

Branch manager, Geoff Edwards said providing support to a local student to further their tertiary education was part of the Community Bank branch’s commitment to the school and building a stronger community.

“The high cost associated with tertiary study can have a significant impact on a young person’s ability to further their education. Because of this, some may not get the chance to achieve their academic dreams without some help. The scholarship is designed to assist regional and rural students planning to attend university for the first time in 2015,” Geoff said.

Bendigo‘’Our Cooroy Community Bank branch is proud to support local youth by furthering their education and easing some of the financial pressure on the recipient and their family. Maybe one day our community will benefit directly from the skills and knowledge they bring,’’ he added.

The scholarship will support a local student with tertiary and study related costs. The successful applicant will receive funding of $5,000 for one year and depending on academic performance, the scholarship will be renewed to assist the second year of their study.

Noosa District State High School principal, Chris Roff said he was delighted with the news that another NDSHS student will attend university next year, thanks to the generosity of the bank.

“This is the third year this scholarship will be awarded and we’re delighted to be chosen as the school who will give a student this support to take their dreams to the next level. Last year, the scholarship was awarded to local, Carlee Darben.  She will soon enter her second year and is doing very well in her chosen field, as we all knew she would! This years’ winner will be a very lucky recipient – they will have an enviable opportunity to really make the most of their time at university. We’re extremely happy to strengthen our relationship with Geoff and his team at the Cooroy Community Bank branch – this scholarship program is yet another great initiative of the Bendigo Bank in strengthening community partnerships with such entities as the local High school,” Mr. Roff said.

Applications are invited from eligible students from Monday, 1 December 2014 on line at and will be assessed in January 2015 after the application period expires on January 23. The lucky recipient will be announced in time to put the funds towards set up costs for university study.

In the meantime, brochures are available from NDSHS reception or by visiting the Cooroy Community Bank branch at 36 Maple Street or by calling 5447 7131. The Cooroy Community Bank Scholarship is part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program, with more than 120 Community Bank branches and other partners taking part across Australia.