Local support for academic excellence will be celebrated at the University of Newcastle Central Coast campus tonight with the annual Scholarships and Awards Night.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Central Coast campuses, Professor Stephen Crump, said financial support from local business and professional groups was invaluable.
"Local business and industry are the driving forces behind the growth and development of our region," Professor Crump said.
"Through local support our students are linking their education with hands-on work experience, reaping the rewards but also giving back to the community.
"The University and TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute is working to expand collaborations with business and industry to address local skills shortages and harness the valuable experience it provides our students."
A range of scholarships and prizes will be awarded to students tonight for their academic achievements, in addition to the University of Newcastle Academic and Equity Scholarships. The Killarney Bateau Lions Club, Delta Electricity, the Williams Foundation, the Ourimbah Rotary Club, the Australian Federation of University Women have all provided financial support through scholarships.
Local firms Community Audit Services, Hoddinott Consulting and accounting LWM have supported student prizes, along with local women's organisation, Zonta. Further prizes are supported by CPA Australia and the Australian College of Educators.
"The University of Newcastle and TAFE NSW is grateful for the local support offered for students studying at the Central Coast campus," Professor Crump said.
"We will continue to work closely with our community to provide access to high quality education and training."
Photo opportunity: The Scholarships and Awards night will take place from 6.30pm tonight, Tuesday 29 April, at Preview Restaurant on the Central Coast campus.
Further information: Professor Stephen Crump on 4348 4007.
A list of scholarship and prize recipients is below.
Killarney Bateau Lions Club Scholarship
Awarded to a commencing student with the highest academic merit with a preference for students from The Entrance and Berkeley Vale High Schools - Emma Francis
Delta Electricity Scholarships
Awarded on the basis of academic merit - Michelle Elizabeth Blake, Christopher Marrs, Melissa Trew
Ourimbah Rotary Club Scholarship
Awarded to a continuing student with high academic merit in a TAFE program - Allison Smith
Australia Federation of University Women Scholarship
Awarded to a female with high academic achievement - Natalie Anne Betteridge
University of Newcastle Academic and Equity Scholarships
Awarded on the basis of high academic achievement and endeavour for enrolling students at the Central Coast campus - 28 students (for a full list, please visit the University of Newcastle website).
Community Audit Services Prizes
Awarded to the highest achieving University student in Auditing - Reece Bednarczyk
Awarded to the highest achieving TAFE student in Auditing - Chee Whye Chan
CPA Australia Prizes
Awarded to the highest achieving first year University student in Accounting - Nathan Bowditch
Awarded to the highest achieving final year University student in Accounting - Emily O'Brien
Hoddinott Consulting Prize
Awarded to the highest achieving male University student in Accounting - Andrew McMahon
Awarded to the highest achieving female University student in Accounting - Marie Lentini
Australian College of Educators Prize
Awarded for high academic achievement in the degree of Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching - Michelle Stone
Award for high academic achievement in the degree of Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Primary) - Penny Ellis
Award for high academic achievement in the degree of Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Secondary) - Louise Burden and Vicki Pawlak
Awarded for high academic achievement in taxation - Erin Child
Awarded to a mature-age female student in TAFE - Samantha Koch