Canberra PCYC and Canberra Community Bank Group partner to help struggling students

Canberra PCYC and Canberra Community Bank Group are delighted to announce the launch of the Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship, designed to empower motivated young locals to further their studies with a $2,500 per annum TAFE scholarship to cover course fees and expenses.

The scholarship is open to 16-25 year olds who are experiencing financial and/or social difficulties, but are actively engaged in the local community and are a current participant in a Canberra PCYC program.

The Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jayson Hinder, former Labor Member for Ginninderra, past President and Board Member of Canberra PCYC, Chairman of Canberra Community Bank Group, and an avid volunteer and supporter of youth in the community.

Jayson sadly lost his life in a motorcycle accident in California last year.

Neale Guthrie, Chairman of Canberra Community Bank® Group (which manages four local Bendigo Community Bank® branches – Curtin, Jerrabomberra, Wanniassa and Calwell), says “We are very happy and proud to be able to provide the funding for this ongoing scholarship in the name of our longest serving Chair, Jayson Hinder, who tragically is no longer with us.

“To be able to structure the scholarship to support the Canberra PCYC where Jayson was also President for many years is equally fantastic. It is great to be able to support young people to build positive futures for themselves which is a founding principle of both the Canberra Community Bank Group and Canberra PCYC.”

Executive Manager of Canberra PCYC, Cheryl O’Donnell, says, “Our programs and activities demonstrate diverse possibilities for lifestyle choices, and better pathways by offering high adrenaline, positive, safe risk-taking activities that young people can enjoy. Through our support frameworks, we ensure that participants achieve tangible outcomes and practical skills to effect positive changes, increased resilience and increased community engagement.

“We are so excited to be able to offer these scholarships to young people we work with who, through struggles in everyday life, have managed to change their lives with hard work and the determination to achieve. We are so grateful to Canberra Community Bank Group and the Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship for their support in helping these young people reach great heights.”

Lisa Hinder, Jayson Hinder’s wife, says “Jayson was always enthusiastic about helping the underdog. He believed disadvantaged kids deserved a fair go so it’s great that this scholarship program is focussed at supporting young people in Canberra PCYC programs."