The University of Newcastle, Australia

Central Coast Scholarships and Awards

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Students who have achieved in their studies were recognised and celebrated at the annual Hunter TAFE and University of Newcastle (UON) Central Coast Scholarship and Awards event held last night.

The Awards highlight the strong links UON Central Coast and Hunter TAFE have established with the community, business and industry to enhance education opportunities in the Central Coast region.

Among the recipients was University of Newcastle Central Coast primary teaching student Krista Dowdell who received a Delta Electricity Equity Scholarship; and Hunter TAFE Accounting student Zoe Reid who was awarded the Central Coast Campus Friends Award, recognising her commitment to her studies.

Hunter TAFE Institute Director, Christine Warrington, said the event recognised students’ achievements and the impact strong community and business partnerships can have to enable greater pathways to education for all people no matter their background.

“Education is a wonderful tool that has the power to transform lives,” Ms Warrington said.

“This event is a fantastic way for Hunter TAFE to recognise, celebrate and reward the success of our extraordinary students studying on the Central Coast, and will support their continued education.”

“Donations from individuals, businesses, and community organisations offer invaluable support for our students. A scholarship can make such a positive difference to the growth, development and the future employment outcomes of students studying here in the Central Coast,” she said.

UON Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the Central Coast Awards night embodied the most important aspects of UON’s mission - a commitment to equity and excellence.

“The UON leads the country in providing more opportunities for people with ability and determination to enter and succeed in higher education regardless of their background – such as the students we celebrated last night.

“The financial help from individual donors, businesses, industry, professional and community organisations to support these students is invaluable. The scholarships enrich the learning experience of the recipients, as well as showcase how UON is working with the Central Coast community to meet the growing need for professionals in the region”.

The awards night is a celebration of education excellence on the Central Coast and is supported strongly by the local community and businesses.

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