Geoff Vickers Youth Scholarship

Every year, Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank branches provide for a scholarship to young people starting their first year of University or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at a TAFE. The “Geoff Vickers Youth Scholarship” provides support for young people in the Upper Yarra who may struggle to get to University or TAFE without some support.

Scholarships open in late December and close in mid February of the following year. All criteria, FAQs and application form will be provided closer to the opening of our Scholarship Program. For further information, contact us on 5966 9028.

Geoff Vickers Scholarship recipients for 2020

Pictured are Chelsea Neale, with Kristy Sumner, Bank Operations Manager

Chelsea Neale, from Powelltown, will be studying a Diploma of Community Services at Box Hill TAFE and has a keen interest in fostering community and metal health.

Chelsea has been an active member of the Yarra Junction Netball Club, achieving ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2018, and several best and fairest awards. She is also an umpire and mentor to junior players.

This Scholarship will assist her in travel expenses to and from TAFE in Lilydale, study materials and the purchase of a computer for her coursework.

Pictured are Indiya Bosen and Emily Sharp, Assistant Branch Manager, Yarra Junction

Indiya Bosen was our other recipient of a 2020 Scholarship. She says: “Ever since I was in primary school, I have wanted to be a doctor. I knew it would not be easy to get into this field, but I have worked hard right throughout my schooling and I am very happy and proud to have received a high enough ATAR to get into my first preference at university for 2020.

To get into Medicine, I am required to do a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and once that is finished, I will sit an assessment which will determine whether I get into Medicine (a further 4-year degree).

I have decided to do a double degree (Bachelor or Biomedical Science & Bachelor of Science) in 2020 to give myself more options of employment or further study, should I not get accepted into the next phase.

It is my intention to work extremely hard, attend all lectures and classes and to take full advantage of all resources offered to me by Monash University.”

We wish Chelsea and Indiya the very best in their chosen field of studies and look forward to hearing about their progress.

Youth Scholarships 2019 – Past Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS to Caitlyn Muir and Cody Dunne who were both awarded a Scholarship from the Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank branches for 2019.
They were presented with their scholarships by Neil Jorgensen, one of our volunteer Board Directors.
Caitlyn will be attending the University of Melbourne, undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree with plans to go into a Masters of Education. She hopes to major in Literature and Psychology.
Cody will be going to La Trobe University undertaking a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Screen and Writing.
We wish both Caitlyn and Cody great success in their chosen fields.
Pictured from left to right: Denise, Caitlyn, Director, Neil Jorgensen, Cody and Ben.


Applications are open for our 2020 Community Bank Youth Scholarships.

The Scholarship aims to assist academically capable and committed, but disadvantaged students, from the Upper Yarra area, who have been offered a place at an Australian university or college for the first time or will be attending a TAFE for the first time studying at a Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.
Applications open – 20 December 2019
Applications close – 14 February 2020

Scholarship Criteria 2019-20

FAQ Scholarships 2019-20

Scholarship application form 2020