Life-changing Rural Scholarships Announced

14 July 2014

Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarships

Three VCE students from the state's northwest will be able to study at university, thanks to a new scholarship, Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarship.

Recipients were awarded the scholarships at special assemblies in the Hindmarsh Shire on 22 July 2104.

Each student will receive $10,000 for three years (total $30,000 per recipient) with funds provided by the Fielding Foundation in partnership with the Menzies Foundation.

"This presentation will be a life-changing moment for each of these three capable young people," said Menzies Foundation CEO Sarah Hardy.

The winners are:

Nhill College: Jacob Creek

Jacob was born in Arnhem Land and moved to rural Victoria as a high schooler. The keen footballer and CFA member has a wildlife licence (he owns four sugar gliders) and hopes to study environmental science. He was year 11 DUX and is now school vice captain.

Rainbow Secondary College: Georgia Klemm

Georgia will be the first person in her family to seek tertiary education. She hopes to undertake a Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine and eventually research chronic diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. "I feel very strongly about helping people through these ordeals as my family life has been affected greatly by these illnesses," she said.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College: Madison Albrecht

Madison hopes to study international relations and commerce at university. She wrote about the advantages of growing up in a tight-knit community, but worried about the financial burden that tertiary study far from home would have on her family.

The Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarship supports studies at an approved Australian university for committed senior students who demonstrate a strong desire and capacity to undertake a university qualification but are likely to experience economic hardship in continuing their education.

The Menzies Foundation is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation established in memory of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister.
As a catalyst for achievement, the Menzies Foundation's vision is to identify and promote the next generation of Australian leaders, invest in world class health research and advance initiatives of national importance.


The Menzies Foundation designed, developed and is administering the Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarship. The scholarship funds have been provided by the Fielding Foundation.

The Menzies Foundation will offer three scholarships each year for at least the next three years – with a commitment of $270,000 by the Fielding Foundation.

The scholarships take in three government schools – Dimboola Secondary Memorial College, Nhill College and Rainbow Secondary College – located close to Jeparit, where former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies was born in 1894.

"We believe in fostering rural young people's education and career dreams. Supporting access to university education is one way to do this," said Menzies Foundation CEO Sarah Hardy.

"Sir Robert Menzies grew up in the Hindmarsh Shire. He was a secondary school scholarship recipient himself in rural Victoria and then in Melbourne before another scholarship took him to Melbourne University. We can't wait to see what today's scholarship recipients will achieve in the future."


Sarah Hardy
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