$5000 scholarships provide Hume students with a taste of University

July 13 / 114

The University has opened applications for $5000 second semester scholarships in the Diploma in General Studies, based at the Dookie campus near Shepparton, and four other locations in the Hume region.

The Diploma in General Studies was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity to study Science, Commerce, Environments or Agriculture as a sampler of the Melbourne Bachelor Degrees and earn a qualification from the University of Melbourne.

The course is delivered at the Dookie campus in partnership with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and Wodonga Institute of TAFE in Benalla, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga providing access to local campuses and industry mentoring.

 The University is offering eight scholarships of $5000 each, including two awards for students of Indigenous background, towards study and travel costs.

Mr Shaun Martin from Yea began the Diploma in General Studies this year to enhance his career prospects and is now working and studying part time on a scholarship.

His advice to anyone considering the course is: “Just do it! It’s such a supportive environment and fantastic to tie in with your work... it gives you a leg-up. Clients see you as having more credibility.”

Once he has completed the Diploma, Mr Martin is keen to pursue further studies in the University’s Bachelor of Agriculture program.

Direct entry applications will be accepted for the 2013 academic year so students can apply for admission to the Diploma in General Studies in addition to VTAC preferences by submitting an application directly to the University.

The Diploma in General Studies is partly funded by the Victorian Government’s Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund and aims to provide students with their first experience of tertiary study in the Hume region where they can be closer to home, family and friends.

The Diploma can be completed in a year if studying full time, or two years if studying part time.
 Ms Ros Gall, Director of the Dookie campus said the course gave students a year to experience study and was a stepping stone to a range of options including employment, or further study in a University degree or TAFE program.

“Students are given support and advice to select subjects that are the best fit with their goals whether that be to try new subjects, pursue an interest, or undertake prerequisite subjects they missed out on at school,” Ms Gall said.

 The flexibility of the course allows students to make their own living arrangements, including low-cost accommodation available at Dookie campus.

For more information go to: http://www.dookie.unimelb.edu.au/generalstudies/.

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