We are partnering with the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program to offer scholarships for an indigenous leader to take part in its Community Leadership Program in Victoria.
The scholarship provides the recipient with the opportunity to participate in the leadership program free of charge, which runs between February and November.
Community Development Manager in Bendigo, Derek de Vrieze, said the bank’s decision to support the scholarship highlighted its commitment to doing what it can to help ‘close the gap’.
“The scholarship gives a local leader the chance to explore a wide range of social, cultural and environmental aspects of the region and to develop their skills as community leaders," said Derek.
Bendigo resident Aunty Sue Allengame was the 2012 scholarship recipient, describing her journey so far as a “fantastic opportunity”.
“It has given me the ability to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of the Loddon Mallee Region which has helped me to build my own confidence and ability to realise that the impossible is indeed possible,” Ms Allengame said.
Kate Booth, the recipient of the 2011 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program scholarship said, “I got such a lot out of the program and it taught me a great deal about myself and what I really wanted out of life. It also gave me the courage to try.
“Thank you so much for everything and I hope this year’s participants are enjoying the program as much I as did,” Kate said.
Lucy Mayes, Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program Coordinator said she was delighted the bank would be supporting the scholarship again.
“This is such a worthwhile initiative, and we look forward to the scholarship continuing into the future,” Lucy said.
In addition to the Loddon Murray program, we also support similar scholarships in the Northern Mallee region of Victoria, Ballarat, Gippsland and Queensland.
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