Four 2016 Scholarship recipients with diverse academic interests and the potential to change our community, and our world!

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Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank® branches announces four 2016 Scholarship recipients with diverse academic interests and the potential to change our community, and our world!

Four students from the Upper Yarra area have received a great boost to their education with today’s announcement of the recipients of the Scholarship 2016 program, provided by the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches.

The four students are: Miss Sarah Bamford from Warburton, who will commence a Bachelor of Nanotechnology at La Trobe University, Miss Chelsea Barnard from Warburton, who will commence a Bachelor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University, Mr Zak Gilsenan, from Big Pats Creek who will commence a Bachelor of Global Studies/Commerce degree at Australian Catholic University and Miss Brigid Peeler, from Millgrove, who has enrolled in a Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services at Victoria University.

All four students showed that financial assistance would help ease the demands of travel and accommodation expenses incurred in studying away from home – a common challenge for youth in the valley – and were acknowledged for their demonstrated need, academic merit and community involvement.

Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches Chairman Peter Kimberley is proud of their long-term commitment to advancing the level of academic achievement in the community as an important element in building a resilient and prosperous Upper Yarra community.

“Every year we see a similar theme in the applications. It’s expensive to attend university, especially if you have to relocate because daily commuting is not an option. We want the young members of our community to know there is help available when it comes to continuing their education. We especially want to help those that might not be able to study at all without he support of a Scholarship,” Mr Kimberley said.

Director Ms Sarah Ward, who is also a past Ian De la Rue Youth Initiative award winner, notes how much the Scholarship program has grown in recent years. “The number of applications we receive really shows how much value this program brings to youth in the community. In a few years we will see university graduates bringing their new skills and knowledge back to the community – that is great for everyone!”

Sarah Bamford said in her application, “A scholarship would be a dream come true, turning my university dreams into an achievable reality.” We are very pleased to help these four locals get off to such a great start.

For further information please contact the Warburton or Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branch or visit

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