Why Support Scholarships?

head and shoulders image of Margot Sweeney CEO Summerland Credit Union

"As the first Rising Stars Scholarship Sponsor, Summerland Credit union has had a long association with this program and is pleased to support young students with their studies. This program is an example of how our credit union, as part of the local community, can continue our commitment to providing real opportunities which will lead to the longer term benefit of our community."

Margot Sweeney OAM, CEO Summerland Credit Union
Rising Stars, Scholarship Sponsor

Rising Stars Scholarship supporters believe in the value of education.

Supporters are businesses, individuals, councils and community organisations that believe, as we do, that the students of today are Australia's future.

There are many different reasons to support the Rising Stars program. We invite you to be part of this important initiative.

  • Recognise, support and contribute to student achievement
  • Encourage students to stay at university to complete their degrees
  • Support excellence by enabling recipients to reduce working hours to concentrate on their study, assisting completion in a shorter time
  • Support the region: students who study in a region tend to stay after course completion and contribute economically and socially to the local community
  • Encourage local high school students to stay in the region to study
  • Engage in the life of Southern Cross University through events on campus
  • Embrace associated media and promotional opportunities
"I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank-you for the privilege of being a 2016 Bowen scholarship recipient. This scholarship has provided many benefits to my life and is greatly appreciated by both my family and myself. The acknowledgement of my academic ability has reinvigorated my intrinsic motivation for continued excellence. The financial freedom has allowed me to focus on my studies and sporting commitments, both of which I am very passionate. I have utilised the finances to supplement common university expenses, as well as other household and lifestyle costs. Again, thank-you for the bestowal of the 2016 Bowen Scholarship."

Morrison Davies
2016 SCU-Bowen scholarship recipient