ECU South West secures 22 new $45K scholarships

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times

ECU’s South West Campus has secured 22 new scholarships as part of the Federal Government’s new Destination Australia program in a bid to attract students locally, nationally and internationally to come and study in Bunbury.

The scholarships are worth $45,000 each and there are 11 for Australian students and 11 for international students.

ECU South West dean Lyn Farrell said the scholarships would give students the opportunity to study at a world class university while also experiencing all the benefits that come from living in a regional community.

“Up to $45,000 across the time of their studies – so that is a significant amount of money for students that will help them with their fees and living expenses,” Ms Farrell said.

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“They are able to use the money however they want to support their studies.

For us it’s the opportunity to attract students to the South West who perhaps hadn’t considered coming to the South West previously and we are hopeful that’s what happens.

Lyn Farrell

Ms Farrell, pictured, said she was keen to promote the Bunbury campus to international students.

“We are particularly keen to attract students into some of our newly emerging courses in health science and conservation land management.

“There is a criteria, but it is mainly that you are intending to study in a regional area and that you must be a new student.

“We are a hidden gem here and I’m surprised with how many people haven't been to the campus – it is a lovely place to study.

“With the international students, we are involved in a project with Bunbury Geographe economic alliance and we are looking at developing Bunbury Geographe as an international student destination.”

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