The scholarship recipients for 2023 and their donors were celebrated at the official Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust Scholarship Ceremony at the University in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday 2 May.
The presentation is the first of four to be held at Charles Sturt campuses in May.
A total of $3,382,875 will be awarded to students at four of the University’s major campuses, including in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday 2 May; in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 4 May; in Bathurst on Thursday 11 May; and in Port Macquarie on Tuesday 23 May.
Chief Executive Officer of the Charles Sturt Foundation Trust Ms Sarah Ansell was delighted with the contribution the University and its donors are making to support students.
“The total value of scholarships being offered this year is a 30 per cent increase on the support Charles Sturt Foundation and its donors were able to offer last year,” Ms Ansell said.
The total number of scholarships being offered across all Charles Sturt campuses in 2023 is 459.
“We are thrilled that the increase in the total value of our Foundation scholarships this year has meant more students are being supported – almost 14 per cent more than last year,” she said.
Scholarships are awarded based on a range of criteria, including academic excellence, motivation to succeed, community service, financial need and more.
Forty-five scholarships were presented to students undertaking courses at Charles Sturt in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday, providing $188,200 in total financial support.
Ms Ansell noted the occasion was also a chance for students to thank their scholarship donors.
“The ceremonies also provide the opportunity for scholarship recipients to meet their donors which is a very special time as they can personally thank them for their support,” Ms Ansell said.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) student in the Charles Sturt School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences Mr Harrison Maher from Albury, NSW felt honoured to receive the new ‘Marila Kozdra’ Allied Health Excellence Scholarship worth $5,000.
“I feel very privileged to receive this scholarship,” Mr Maher said.
“It takes a lot of the financial pressure off and allows me to focus on my studies.”
Ms Marila Kozdra from Geelong, VIC felt proud to be able to support Mr Maher as he embarked on his Honours year of study.
“Having completed a Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours) in 2017 at Charles Sturt, I know how important it is to be able to give your university studies your all, without having to worry about whether you will have the funds to even try,” Ms Kozdra said.
“I am glad to be able to help another student along their educational journey.”
Scholarships are open to both domestic and international students studying any course at the University.
More information on the extensive range of scholarships offered at Charles Sturt, including opening and closing dates and evaluation criteria can be found on the website.
If you or someone you know would like to support an ambitious Charles Sturt student, please contact the Charles Sturt Advancement office.
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