25 February 2016
Natasha Kennedy-Read from Stawell and Ethan Koschitzke from Warracknabeal have been awarded the prestigious Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarship.
For the first time in 2016, the scholarships provide students from the Wimmera the chance to study at the University of Melbourne with full board at Ormond College for the duration of their degree.
Natasha, an aspiring journalist with an interest in politics and gender studies, will start a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media and Communications.
“I’ve been dead-set on studying journalism since a young age. I’m particularly looking forwards to learning more about international politics and learning how platforms such as YouTube are impacting journalism”, Natasha said.
Ethan, whose family have run a farm in Warracknabeal for four generations, will be pursuing his love of science through a Bachelor of Biomedicine.
“I’m not really sure exactly what biomedicine encompasses, but my teachers told me it is the top for biology and chemistry content. It was the degree at the top of my list because it’s got the hardest science you can do”, he said.
The two scholarships, created in partnership between the Fielding Foundation, the Menzies Foundation, and Ormond College, w
ere offered to year 12 students from schools in the Wimmera region and awarded based on academic achievement, contribution to the community and financial need. This is the first year they have been awarded in partnership with Ormond College.
Both Natasha and Ethan commented that the scholarship played a significant part in their ability to attend university and that the support and community Ormond College can offer them will be invaluable while living away from home.
“Initially I was thinking of deferring in 2016 to work on the farm and try and save some money, but this scholarship was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down”, Ethan said.
The Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarships enable students to realise their ambition to study at the University of Melbourne. They acknowledge the value of tertiary education and aim to increase the opportunity for committed senior rural students to undertake a university qualification.
“We need leaders from rural Australia. Rural Australians often bring a unique perspective to global issues – be it in the field of environment, health, science, engineering or law. By fostering Australia’s rural students, we can play a part in embedding these unique perspectives in the next generation of Australian leaders.” Said Sarah Hardy, CEO of the Menzies Foundation.
The two scholarships will be offered again for study commencing in 2017.
The scholarship was offered to students in the Wimmera region, where Sir Robert Menzies grew up, to reflect his passion for education and the fact that he was a scholarship recipient which helped him through school and university. Menzies studied law at the University of Melbourne in 1913 and was a non-resident student of Ormond College.