MIA Mia’s Thomas Bennett has been awarded the 2018 Heathcote and District Community Bank scholarship.
Thomas received $3000 to help supplement his study costs for his first year of higher education.
This is the fifth year the bank has offered a scholarship and the first time it was open to TAFE students.
‘‘Our branch is proud of these young people looking to further their education by attending TAFE and University,” manager Michael Prowse said. “We are pleased that our investment in Thomas’ further education will help him focus on his studies and help lay a solid foundation for success during his first year.”
Thomas completed Year 12 at Kyneton Secondary College where he was named Dux of the school for 2017 — an excellent achievement given he worked on the family farm each weekend and had no internet access at home for study purposes.
Tom is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne and enjoying the challenges.
“We’re given huge amounts of coursework to learn in short periods of time, and I’m also enjoying the depth of knowledge that we gain in such interesting fields like chemistry, physics and math,” he said.
“I’m really grateful to have been given the opportunity to receive this scholarship and to promote the program and the generosity of the bank to other young rural kids.’’
More details from the bank on 54333115 or bendigobank.com.au/scholarships