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Your gift at work - archived stories from 2009

UniSA would like to acknowledge the broad range of gifts we receive from corporate and individual donors. Some of the unique programs established because of these generous gifts are detailed below.

Business gets behind UniSA Students

Eric Granger, Head of Sales SA/NT/WA for Mutual Community talks about the motivation for Mutual Community to support six scholarship and grant schemes at UniSA in 2009.

Codan 50th Anniversary Engineering Scholarship recipient Brendon Hampton(R) with with Codan representative, Allan GobolosCelebrating 50 years

Codan Limited, a highly regarded South Australian engineering company, celebrated its 50th birthday this year by sponsoring the Codan 50th Anniversary Engineering Scholarship. Available to final year and Honours students from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is designed to assist the recipient complete their undergraduate program.

The inaugural winner of the scholarship is Brendon Hampton who is finishing a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Mechatronic) with Honours. Brendon was delighted to accept his award from Allan Gobolos, Codan's General Manager, Business Development at the School's recent Prizes and Awards Ceremony.

"Receiving the scholarship is both highly rewarding and encouraging. Studying at university can be very stressful and time-consuming, so being given a scholarship for your work and contributions is an excellent confidence boost." said Brendon. "It will assist me in achieving my goals and ambitions when I leave university, as well as allowing me to concentrate on my final year studies. It's excellent that Codan, a successful South Australian electronics company, can see the benefits in supporting our School.


Sheila BaileyA commitment to education - donors in the workplace

While working with alumni and donors at UniSA, the Development Office's own Sheila Bailey has quietly been a regular donor to the University since 1999. Sheila has seen the need for extra encouragement of rural students to assist them with the transition to university life and so in 2008 she decided to establish the Sheila Bailey Early Childhood Education Prize. This prize is designed to help students with the financial costs of moving away from their homes to study.

Having grown up in the regional South Australian town of Whyalla, Sheila knows first hand how many talented students forgo tertiary education due to the financial constraints of relocating to the city.
"As a young woman I was interested in studying teaching, but the program wasn't offered in Whyalla and the financial costs of moving to Adelaide presented too much of a barrier for me at the time," says Sheila. "With my interest in teaching and through the influence of my mother's passion for local playgroups and the Mobile Toy Library, I am keen to assist students in the area of Early Childhood."

Sheila hopes her prize will alleviate some of the hurdles to study for young people living in rural or remote areas of South Australia. Valued at $1,000, the prize will be awarded each year to an eligible South Australian student whose family home is in a rural, remote or isolated area of the state and who is enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (MBCE) program. The prize will be awarded on the basis of program grade point average on completion of the first year of the program.


Annette and Leon DavisThe Annette and Leon Davis Scholarships

Successful Port Pirie couple Dr Leon Davis AO and Annette Davis have decided to give something back to their home town by establishing two significant scholarships to study at the University of South Australia. The couple, who were born in Port Pirie, are hoping their example will encourage other benefactors to come forward to support young rural and regional South Australians who want to continue on to higher education.

The Annette and Leon Davis Scholarships are open to Port Pirie school-leavers enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at UniSA. The scholarship is valued at $12,000 for the first year and subsequent payments of $11,000 a year for the duration of the program to a maximum of four years.

The inaugural 2009 scholarship recipient is Ms Krichelle Oaklands,17, a graduate from St Mark's College, Port Pirie. Krichelle commenced a Bachelor of Health Science in 2009 and is delighted to be awarded the scholarship to relieve the pressures of relocating to Adelaide and allow her the opportunity to follow her dream of studying Medical Radiation at UniSA.

Career dream on track for Port Pirie scholarship student, Krichelle Oaklands.


Eastwoods LogoEastwoods Scholarships

Eastwoods, a prestigious South Australian company, is supporting UniSA students from the Division of Business again in 2009 by renewing the Eastwoods Group Accounting Scholarship and the Eastwoods Group Financial Management Scholarship.

These scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, are available to students undertaking the final year of their Commerce or Applied Finance program. Recipients of the scholarships also have the opportunity to participate in six mentoring sessions with Senior Partners from Eastwoods. The sessions are designed to assist the students in their assimilation between academia and the industry.

"Eastwoods recognises the importance of formal education in our professional environment. Understanding the business from a hands-on perspective completes this education. We hope that our sponsorship helps to promote this concept". Tim White, General Manager.


SA Water Scholarships

SA Water has been supporting students at UniSA with a diverse range of scholarships since 2007, and each year their support continues to grow. In 2009 they are offering a total of ten scholarships which will assist business, civil engineering, natural and built environments and indigenous students.

A spokesperson from SA Water explained why they have chosen to support UniSA Students. "The objective of the SA Water Scholarship Program is to provide education opportunities to young South Australians from a range of backgrounds including disadvantaged youth, students of academic excellence, indigenous Australians and women pursuing study in non traditional roles".

"SA Water views UniSA as a key partner in its scholarship program and the scholarships on offer are in line with SA Water's key business and operating areas. We hope to ease the financial burden for students and provide some recipients with an insight into SA Water operations through paid work experience placements. SA Water sees the scholarships offered through UniSA as a great way of supporting future leaders of South Australia and exposing students to the vast career opportunities that SA Water has to offer."


Taryn May aboard the Young EndeavourThe Young EndeavourInaugural Cowan Young Endeavour Practicum Grant Winner, Taryn May

Through a unique donation from Cowan Grant Pty. Ltd, full-time students aged 16 - 23 and studying selected programs at UniSA are eligible to apply for the Cowan Young Endeavour Practicum Grant. Cowan Grant Pty. Ltd. have donated a yearly voyage on The Young Endeavour, Australia's national sail training ship. Valued at up to $4000, the grant includes a berth for 11 days at sea onboard the Young Endeavour and airfares to/from port of destination.

Taryn May was thrilled to be selected as the first recipient of this grant, and returned thoroughly exhausted from the hands-on experience of the voyage. Taryn says "the teamwork and communication skills required have provided a boost to my leadership skills" and she is extremely grateful to the donors for this unique opportunity to develop life skills and discover hidden strengths. For more information please refer to the media release Learning the ropes - UniSA grant winner sails into port.

Taryn is currently enjoying studying for her Bachelor of Social Work / Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) and agrees that this scholarship inspires a sense of community responsibility and increases the ability to bridge differences. "I learn a lot about Australia's history as part of my Aboriginal studies degree and the link with Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage makes this an even more fascinating experience for me"

Hear Taryn's student testimonial about studying at UniSA.