$50,000 Scholarship for Northern Beaches Students

 Mike Baird with Tertiary Scholarship Award Winners at South Curl Curl SLSC.

Mike Baird with Tertiary Scholarship Award Winners at South Curl Curl SLSC.

Bendigo Bank makes dreams come true for local kids.


Over 3,500 recently graduated high school students on the Northern Beaches, and over 76,000 students across the state, are now making their transition to a tertiary education course, training, or employment opportunity in 2015.

For those entering into university, they potentially face increasing tertiary costs, as recent Federal Government changes deregulate the current fee structure, which will allow universities to independently set their own course fees.

Less than 1% of these students will receive any form of scholarship support from sources such as governments, universities or industry, even if they are academically gifted.

At a local level, and totaling $50,000, Freshwater Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank has been offering financial support in the form of tertiary scholarships for exemplary students from nine participating high schools, in the Manly and Warringah area.

Over the last three years, 26 students have received scholarships, which contribute significantly towards the expenses associated with university life.

Each scholarship is valued at $5,000 with one student chosen to receive a further $10,000 for their second and third year of study, as part of the Ken Ward Memorial Scholarship. This was named after Ken Ward, Branch Manager of Freshwater Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank, who passed away in 2011.

Nominations for the scholarships are made by each high school, and students are chosen for their abilities in both academic and sporting arenas as well as their contributions to community service and charitable causes.

NSW State Premier Mike Baird, who has been involved as part of the independent committee to select the Ken Ward Memorial Scholarship recipient, presented awards to the following students during a ceremony in February:

Julian Harris - St. Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why (winner of the Ken Ward Memorial Scholarship); Wylie Faeste - NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus; Alanah Tassone - NBSC Cromer Campus; Konstantin Dunn - NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus; Emily Collett - NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus; Rachel Holland - NBSC Manly Selective Campus; Matthew Schofield - St. Augustine’s College, Brookvale; Jack Sloman - Paul’s College, Manly; Taylor Mills - Stella Maris College, Manly

Good luck to all future students!


For more information on the Ken Ward Memorial Scholarships, call the Freshwater Community Bank® Branch on 9939 6744.