Phillip Island student receives First in the Family scholarship
The scholarships are awarded to first-year Bachelor of Commerce students based on
academic merit. Only students who are the first member of their family to attend university are
Recipients get $10,000 for their first year of study as well as priority consideration for
residency at Ormond College.
Mr Holub applied on the advice of his Newhaven College career advisor. He said he was still
shocked when he received his letter of offer in the mail.
"Being the first high school graduate in my family, it was a big deal for me to go to university,
let alone receive a scholarship, so it has made everyone in my family very proud," he said.
"My advice to other high school students would be see what scholarships are available and
apply to those for which you're eligible," he said.
"You can only try and, you never know, you might get it."
Mr Holub said the scholarship has helped him afford to travel back to Phillip Island on the
weekends as well as cover general living costs.
He plans to major in accounting and finance and aspires to pursue a career in investment
banking after he graduates.
Incoming Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Paul Kofman, said the
aim of the First in the Family scholarships was to make tertiary education accessible to a
generation which had never considered it a possibility before.
"It is a powerful tool to give social support to families. We encourage those students and their
families interested in business and economics, but unsure of how to proceed, to examine the
scholarship opportunities available through our faculty," he said.
Applications for the Semester 1, 2013 will open on 1 September until 21 December 2012.