Bank Australia has a proud history of support for the education sector. Originally an education credit union (Members and Education Credit Union), we have traditionally offered banking services to thousands of schools and teachers, as well as our partnerships with leading organisations working to offer fair access to education.
Research shows that fair access to education is a large and growing problem in Australia, particularly for students from regional, indigenous and low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Whilst students often have different natural skills and capabilities; differences in educational outcomes can reflect a lack of access to education experienced between groups of students or between different schools.
We believe that all students should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
That’s why our partnership with State Schools Relief is helping primary school students access school uniforms so they can have a good start to their education, and why we are providing graphing calculators to students wanting to study Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) who would otherwise be unable to afford this important tool.
We also offer a number of tertiary scholarships to help talented undergraduate students to complete their studies at university including:
- The Bank Australia Learning Potential Fund Scholarship
- The Intech Bank Scholarship in Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney. Read about our 2017 recipient here.
- Intech Swinburne Scholarship in Information Technology at Swinburne University
We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders often face barriers to education, and the importance of developing the leadership skills of indigenous people who have the potential to be leaders in their community. As such, we’re investing in:
- Community Leadership Scholarships for people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background to support emerging community leaders to develop their leadership potential. We are supporting scholarships in Mildura, Bendigo, Gippsland and Adelaide.
- CSIRO Science Pathways for Indigenous Students , a program with primary and middle school students in remote indigenous communities, combining scientific and traditional knowledge in on-country learning projects.