Breaking down barriers for Australian students

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is committed to supporting youth through various initiatives, including our annual scholarship program. Each year scholarships are awarded to full-time first year undergraduates studying at an Australian university or college campus for the first time.

Our scholarship program makes a significant difference to these hard working and talented students by helping them cover some of the costs of living and studying at university

Meet our 2016 students

James Matheson

FROM: Trafalgar, VIC
STUDYING: Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University
SUPPORTED BY: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

With his mother suffering from a debilitating illness, and climate change beginning to affect his father’s dairy farm, James was concerned that financial pressures on his family would be detrimental to his chances of attending university.

"Attending University will enable me to follow my passions for efficiency, sustainability and justice.

"Being in an environment which encourages like-minded individuals to think critically and solve problems for the future is something that really excites me.

"It is this sense of commonality in areas that interest me that will be conducive to providing the firm foundations needed to maintain commitment, resilience and motivation over the coming years.

"I hope to learn more about myself, finding new friends, fostering new relationships with staff and learning more about Melbourne (given I’m from the country) - it going to be a blast!

Samuel McCormick

FROM: Golden Square, VIC
STUDYING: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) (CSP Extended Rural Cohort) at Monash University
SUPPORTED BY: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Samuel has always been determined to be a doctor, but with changing circumstances in his family due to illness and his father being made redundant last year, the costs of an undergraduate medicine course were always going to be a challenge.

I have a very supportive family and peer network, but the shift to Melbourne will be socially and emotionally difficult.

"I am excited about the prospects that this field brings, such as the development of new treatments and methods as well as understanding the complexities of disease and infection.

"In addition, becoming a doctor will allow me to benefit the health, lifestyle and wellbeing of community members, which is a key motivation for this career choice.

"I believe regional and remote areas require a health professional who has an understanding and love of rural communities.

"I hope to also advocate for improvements in rural health outcomes.

Chloe Huismann

FROM: Mt Tarcoola, WA
STUDYING: Bachelors in Science at University of Western Australia
SUPPORTED BY: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia, Chloe selected units that gave her the opportunity to major in biomedicine, physiology, pharmacology, pathology or human anatomy.

After achieving an ATAR of 96.20, her new goal is to study a post-graduate Doctor of Medicine at UWA to become a qualified doctor.

"I want to be a doctor as I am passionate about studying and learning, and a career in Medicine has plenty of opportunities for specialisation in many fields.

"Specifically, I want to research how diseases affect the body to eventually assist in finding cures for life threatening diseases.

"If I only help one person have another chance of life and more time with their families I will have succeeded in my goal.

Brody Attwater

FROM: Wandina, WA
STUDYING: Bachelor of Science at University of Western Australia
SUPPORTED BY: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Brody’s goal is to become a mechanical engineer and work in an environment where he can learn to solve problems and work with teams of creative people. His long term dream is to gain a PHD in Physics.

With his Dad unable to work due to illness and his Mum working three jobs to fund his education and support the family, it has been a difficult time for his family.

"I really want to be on the front line of research and lead the world into new discoveries and developments in Physics.

"Engineering is my short term goal in order to become an employable and useful member of society. It is ultimately a stepping stone for me to lead the way in engineering and physics developments.

Community Bank® Branch Scholarships are funded from management accounts of the Community Enterprise Charitable Fund ABN 12 102 649 968 (the Fund), The Bendigo Centre, Bendigo VIC 3550. Sandhurst Trustees Limited ABN 16 004 030 737 AFSL 237906, a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178, AFSL 237879, is the trustee of the Fund.
The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarships are provided by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited  ABN 11 068 049 178, AFSL 237879, The Bendigo Centre, Bendigo VIC 3550.