Scholarship means business for Shane

Wednesday, 05 August 2009

Shane McRobbie received a boost to his dream career in accounting recently when he won a $1500 financial services scholarship from Halls Head Bendigo Bank.

The Mandurah Senior College year 12 student was awarded the inaugural scholarship after being the first student to complete financial services training as part of the TAFElink program.

Challenger TAFE business studies program manager Rowena Maling said TAFElink was a unique program involving collaboration between Challenger TAFE and Mandurah Senior College, with students studying three part days a week at TAFE to fast-track their employment prospects. 

“Under the TAFElink program, students like Shane can increase their employability and expand further study options by studying a certificate IV level program while still in high school,” Rowena said.

“Students who qualify for the program are also exempt from tuition and administration fees.”

Rowena said that by the end of year 12 Shane would have completed certificate IV courses in accounting and financial services as part of TAFElink, giving him a head start in his accounting career.

Halls Head Bendigo Bank manager David Williams presented Shane with the scholarship and said the bank was committed to supporting education and training in the Peel region.

“Shane is a worthy winner of the scholarship and he sets a high standard for those who follow,” David said.

Although he was yet to decide how to spend the scholarship money, Shane said he was planning to continue his studies at Challenger TAFE next year as a full-time student in the Diploma of Accounting.

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