Meet our 2022 Scholarship recipients

Meet Jenny Morris

JENNY MORRIS, Wesburn pictured with Kristy Sumner, Senior Branch Manager

First year Bachelor of Science Degree, Deakin University

“I was delighted to receive your email that I had won one of the Geoff Vickers Youth Scholarships. I am extremely grateful for this scholarship as it will help me greatly with the cost of my studies.

I hope to have a career in wildlife conservation, where I can assist work efforts in protecting animals as well as educating people in the ways that they can protect our wildlife.

I am excited to be taking the first steps towards this, working especially hard during my last two years at Upper Yarra Secondary College, to achieve great marks and secure a place to study for a Bachelor of Science degree at Deakin University.

Special thanks to Community Banks Warburton and Yarra Junction for their financial support during my first year.”  

- Jenny Morris, Wesburn


Last year I started a Bachelor of Science at Deakin University, and I’m majoring in animal biology and environmental science. I have always had a keen interest in the life sciences, as well as others like physics and chemistry, and hope to one day have a job in one of those fields.

The Geoff Vickers Youth Scholarship was a very useful resource for me, as it could be used to pay for my textbooks and supplies, my course fees, and much more. I found that I didn’t need to stress about money for my course, and instead could focus on my studies.

If I were to give any advice to someone going into first year tertiary education, it would be don’t be scared to reach out for help if you need it. The transition from secondary to tertiary education can be a big one, but there are always people and organisations willing to help.

This scholarship was definitely worth applying for and can provide a lot of support!



First year Bachelor Degree Nursing, Deakin University

“I have studied hard at school for 6 years as I was very determined to become the first person to go to university in my family.  I had become an enthusiastic student and put myself into many extra-curricular activities that my school, Upper Yarra Secondary College, offered.

I aspire to complete university and become a registered nurse.  I believe that I can put my passion into a career where I have background knowledge, helping others that have been through medical issues like me, and to be the kind, generous nurse that I was treated by when I was in hospital for my illness.  Completing this university course would give me a huge opportunity to grow and become someone bigger and to help people that have been through the same issues as me.

Receiving this Scholarship means the world to me – recognition and financial support to assist me in fulfilling my dream.  Thank You Community Banks Warburton and Yarra Junction!”

- Ayla Tsoumbakos, Warburton


The course I have started is actually a Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Psychological Science.

My first year of my studies would have been very different if I didn’t receive this Youth scholarship as I would not have had the opportunity to live on campus at university or gained from the beneficial experiences of moving out of home.

I was inspired to undertake the studies I was accepted in because of my passion for nursing and my interest of psychology through year 12 psychology. 

As for the future I am very excited for the outlook of 2023 as it is my second year of studies where I will get a deeper understanding of nursing and more coverage of my interests in the course.  In 5 years’ time I will have hopefully have finished my graduate year and be working as a nurse full time.  Being part of the community by helping out at the local aged care homes is something I aspire to.  

My advice for anyone undertaking first year tertiary studies is to get a good understanding on how you learn best, this could be through handwritten notes or videos. Once you grasp how you learn the best it will set up you studies for the whole year and help boost your exam studies.

Applying for a scholarship, such as this one, helps give you that boost of encouragement in your studies so that you can relieve some of your stress and focus more on your studies. I thoroughly recommend applying!