Eight of Australia’s best and brightest year 12 students can breathe a little easier as they head into their final exams, knowing their university place is secure after being awarded a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
The private, not-for-profit University received hundreds of applications from around Australia for its flagship Vice-Chancellor scholarships, which cover full tuition fees for the winners’ chosen degree (or double degree).
The 2009 winners were selected from 24 finalists who were flown to Bond’s campus on the Gold Coast to take part in an all-expenses-paid Scholarship Weekend.
Arriving Friday 22 August, all finalists took part in a series of management and leadership team exercises, before getting a taste of Bond University student life by spending the night in Bond’s on-campus accommodation.
After a gruelling day of panel interviews on the Saturday, they were then treated to a dinner at leading Gold Coast teppanyaki restaurant Benihana and given the chance to unwind at Timezone, before returning home on the Sunday.
Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said the eight individuals chosen as recipients of the 2009 Vice-Chancellor Scholarships demonstrated exceptional leadership potential - a quality the University strives to instil in all its graduates.
“These students are not only among the best and brightest in Australia in an academic sense, but they have also demonstrated outstanding personal talent and are heavily involved in co-curricular and community activities,” he said.
“I am confident they will go on to become the business leaders and managers of Australia’s future,” Professor Stable said.
Bond University Vice-Chancellor Scholarship Recipients for 2009:
* Aakriti Gupta, St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School (South Australia)
* Aleksandra Sladojevic, Walford Anglican School for Girls (South Australia)
* Caitlin McNamara, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School (Victoria)
* Gabrielle Morriss, Kormilda College (Northern Territory)
* Meera Siva Nathan, Lauriston Girls School (Victoria)
* Rowan Kendall, Wingham High School (New South Wales)
* Rupert Pedler, St Peter's College (South Australia)
* Sophie McNaught, Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne (Victoria)