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Scholarships 2017

We’re pleased to announce three very worthy recipients of our Scholarships 2017 program. Please join us in congratulating Miss Mary McIntosh, Ms Talitha Boone and Mr Sebastian Northey, all from the Upper Yarra Valley.

All three candidates will be setting off for their first year at university with the financial support from the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank branches and we’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate them and wish them well.

These young people will be studying:

Mary McIntosh

Mary McIntosh

Miss Mary McIntosh – Bachelor of Education – Primary and Secondary Health and Physical Education – Monash University (Peninsula campus)

Mary has just completed her schooling at Upper Yarra Secondary College where she has been an inspiring College Captain and leader within her school community.

She has lived in East Warburton since she was three years of age and has wanted to be a teacher all her life. Her passion for sport and the outdoors together with her interest in health have led her to pursue a career in teaching and she is keen to help her future students achieve positive change and success in all they do.


Talitha Boone

Talitha Boone

Ms Talitha Boone – Bachelor of Outdoor Education at La Trobe University (Bendigo)

With a background in volunteering, missionary and humanitarian work, Talitha and her family worked internationally before settling in Warburton more than 10 years ago. Talitha has been an exemplary student achieving outstanding results at the Mountain District Christian School. Her passion for the environment has led her to a future in outdoor education and wilderness work, with conservation of the environment a high ideal in her working and personal life. She would love to help people from disadvantaged circumstances.


Sebastian Northey

Sebastian Northey

Mr Sebastian Northey
– Diploma of Digital Interactive Media, RMIT (Melbourne)
Homeschooling and distance education have provided Sebastian with the time and space to pursue his love for art. Honing his skills in drawing through his studies in Visual art, Sebastian now has the passion and drive to establish a career in the field and is particularly interested in Interactive and Digital Media. He appreciates the opportunity he has to study and work in a field unique to his personality while making an exciting contribution to this emerging area of artistic vocation.

Our Scholarships program helps young people in the Valley realise their academic dreams. We aim to provide support for expenses that might otherwise dissuade our young people from taking the leap towards tertiary education.

We know these three fine young people will make their community proud and in time will bring valuable skills back to the Upper Yarra Valley. Well done everyone!


“The high cost associated with tertiary study can have a significant impact on a young person’s ability to further their education and some may not get the chance to achieve their academic dreams without some help.” Peter Kimberley
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Scholarships 2016

Four students from the Upper Yarra area received a great boost to their education as 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. 

Scholarships 2015

Community Bank® announces 2015 Scholarships for not one but THREE local students

Chairman Peter Kimberley and  recipient Sarah Enery

Chairman Peter Kimberley with Scholarship 2015 recipient Sarah Enery

Upper Yarra, Tuesday, 10 February 2015: Three students from the Upper Yarra area have received a great boost to their education with today’s announcement of the recipients of the Scholarship 2015 program, provided by the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches.

The three students are: Miss Kaitlyn Whitelaw from Gladysdale, who will commence a course in Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University, Miss Sarah Enery from Wesburn, who will commence a Diploma in Youth Work at Box Hill TAFE and a second year of support for Miss Georgia Martin, from Millgrove and last year’s scholarship recipient, who enters her second year of studies in Psychology at Deakin University.

All three students showed exemplary commitment to their studies in a range of challenging circumstances and demonstrated need that financial assistance would help ease the demands of travel and accommodation expenses incurred in studying away from home.

Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches Chairman Peter Kimberley said supporting students towards tertiary study was part of the branches’ commitment to building a stronger Upper Yarra community.

‘’Our Community Bank® Branches are proud to support this Scholarship program for a second year, as part of our ongoing community investment program.”

“In meeting these three dedicated young people in our community, I am reminded of the quote that young people are about one-fifth of our population but one hundred percent of our future.”

2015 Scholarships recipients

L to R: Yarra Junction branch Manager Adam Whitworth Georgia Martin, Emily Martin, Director Sarah Forbes, Kaitlyn Whitelaw and Tina Whitelaw.

The future for these three locals is now off to a great start.

The Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank(R) branches are committed to supporting youth through various initiatives, including our annual scholarship program for youth in our community . Scholarships will be awarded to full-time/part-time, first year undergraduates studying at an Australian university or TAFE (Dip or Adv Dip) for the first time.

Applications for the 2016 scholarship program will be released in December 2015.

Scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of our selection committee.

2014 Scholarship – Miss Georgia Martin

Georgia Martin - Scholarship recipient

Georgia accepts the scholarship with her mum, Emily

Georgia Martin has just enrolled in a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree at Deakin University, Burwood campus.

“The scholarship will help me with starting-out expenses including textbooks and a new computer, and will also support me with travel and living away from home expenses. The commute from Millgrove to Burwood was going to be a four-hour round trip, so this scholarship will really help me be closer to uni and spend my time studying rather than commuting,” said Georgia when she and her mother Emily Martin (pictured) visited the Warburton Community Bank® branch to be presented with the cheque.

Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches Chairman Peter Kimberley said supporting students towards tertiary study was part of the branches’ commitment to building a stronger Upper Yarra community.

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