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.

The 2015 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program is NOW CLOSED.

For more information about the 2015 Scholarship program, view the 2015 Scholarship page.

The 2016 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program will open for applications in early December 2015.

Further information on the 2016 Scholarship program will be available on this website in August 2015.

Meet our 2015 students

Mai Yamanaka

FROM: Twin Waters, QLD
STUDYING: Bachelor of Medical Science
SUPPORTED BY: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Mai spent most of her childhood with her mum in Australia while her dad was working in Japan.

Following the nuclear plant incident at Fukushima in 2011, Mai’s dad moved to Australia.

'Being the only three family members in Australia, we have nobody to rely on but each other.'

'Working hard and making my parents proud after everything they have tried to give me certainly gives me a sense of purpose to live.'

'Being from a different cultural background, more than a foot shorter than everybody else and being incredibly diligent (nerdy) towards study since I was young, meant I was often excluded and not invited to events. This is why I would like to step out of my cocoon and experience a new world.'

Brittany Siviour, Saxon Dodgson, Brianna Herraman, Mackenzie Franks, Deanna Wilson

COMMUNITY: Port Lincoln, SA
SUPPORTED BY: Port Lincoln Community Bank® Branch

Our scholarship program aims to assist local students who are academically capable and community minded but experiencing difficulty in funding the high cost of tertiary study.

Initially our Community Bank® Board had intended to fund only one scholarship, valued at $10,000.

However, there were numerous applications of such a high standard that the task of narrowing them down to only one person proved too difficult.

Upon review the Scholarship Committee, with support from the Board, decided to increase the funds available for scholarships from $10,000 to $23,000 over two years.

The commitment of Port Lincoln Community Bank® Branch to build stronger communities is demonstrated by what our branch does every day; from sponsoring local sporting clubs through to providing grants to local community groups.

Much of this commitment is focused on our youth and we are proud to share and recognise our first scholarship recipients with our community.

Emily Willmer

COMMUNITY: North Richmond, NSW
SUPPORTED BY: North Richmond Community Bank® Branch

North Richmond and Richmond Community Bank® branches are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Community Bank® scholarship is Emily Willmer of East Kurrajong.

Emily is undertaking a joint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree at Macquarie University.

Emily completed her HSC at Colo High School and has an impressive list of achievements and contributions to community organisations including The Children’s Hospital and Breast Cancer Network.

We are also delighted with the progress of our 2014 scholarship winner, Amy Russell of Windsor, who is completing a Bachelor of Global Studies and Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Sydney.

Amy had an outstanding year academically in 2014 culminating in a trip to China as part of her studies.

Amy has also continued her community activities through the Fred Hollows Foundation and mentoring first year students.

Amabel Grinter

FROM: Muckatah, VIC
SUPPORTED BY: Bendigo Bank and La Trobe University

'I hope to in the future be a part of developing new farming techniques that will help to feed the earth's growing population.' 

'By undertaking the Bachelor of Agricultural Science, I hope to develop deeper skills and knowledge to allow me to do this.

'I have already undertaken both Certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture which has helped me to realise the dairy industry is what truly interests me.

'With this current passion and further study, I hope that I can help to ensure all people on this planet will be fed in years to come.'

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.