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Bond University 2011 scholarship season closing soon

Hundreds of Australia’s best and brightest Year 12 students are finessing their application for a scholarship to attend Bond University on the Gold Coast, as the July 31 closing date looms.

The private, not-for-profit University invests up to $18 million in its scholarship program annually to provide tuition assistance for over 300 students.

Scholarships on offer include full-tuition Vice-Chancellor Scholarships; Collegiate Scholarships; Corporate Scholarships that see students partnered with a Fortune 500 company; Faculty Dean’s Scholarships; an Australia Day Scholarship and Sports Excellence scholarships. There are also a number of cash bursaries available for students requiring financial assistance.

Bond University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Garry Marchant said the generous program is an integral part of the University’s commitment to attracting Australia’s most promising school leavers.

“Our scholarship program is designed to assist us to identify the leaders of tomorrow – students who demonstrate exceptional talent and who have big aspirations. We are able to provide the opportunity to those students to fulfil their potential and go on to establish exceptional careers.

“Both the number and quality of scholarship applications we receive is growing exponentially year-on-year, which is a reflection of Bond’s strong reputation nationally for providing quality, personalised education,” Professor Marchant said.

Recently graduated Bond University Collegiate Scholar Alex Moss saw his life take a different track when he was awarded a scholarship during his final year at Cranbrook School in Sydney.

“Rather than going to our local university for ‘year 13’ with my same friends in a similar environment, I wanted a new experience and to make my own path,” Alex said.

“My Bond scholarship gave me the experience of a lifetime. Not only did I complete a fantastic dual degree in Law and Commerce that has opened many doors and a wide range of career paths for me, but I also benefited from Bond’s unique campus life.

“As a student living on-campus, I threw myself into everything literally– from skydiving and sea kayaking with the Exploration Society to managing a one-million-dollar budget as Treasurer of the Student Association.”

Having graduated from his dual degree in May with a Distinction average, Alex will now spend the next four months travelling the globe visiting the many international friends he made during his time at Bond, before returning to Sydney to work towards his admission as a solicitor and a career in environmental and energy law.

His advice to students considering their tertiary future is to make an informed decision.

“Research all the universities that you are even slightly considering well and consider the positives and negatives of each. Look beyond the brochures and talk to staff and students at each university to get their perspective, remembering to also ask about the social and cultural life on campus.

“Most importantly- do the degree that you want to do; passion and ambition is what will motivate you to do well. And don’t forget to apply! You’ve got nothing to lose,” he said.

Applications for 2011 scholarships are now open online and will close on July 31, 2010. Visit bond.edu.au/scholarships for more information.

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