To celebrate the launch of a new range of innovative degrees including Australia’s first degree in coastal engineering, Southern Cross University has doubled its scholarship pool for 2018.
Announcing the new Southern Cross Scholars program today, Vice Chancellor and President Professor Adam Shoemaker said the University had created a range of new courses for students, bringing together disciplines to deliver degrees which employers and students wanted.
The new $100,000 scholarship program will not only help attract a diversity of talented new students to new programs, but also help create a new cohort of student leaders ready to contribute to the University and the community.
A total of 40 Southern Cross Scholars will not only get a $2,500 award; they will also receive training and advice on how to build their personal digital profile and to create effective social media posts; have opportunities to act as ambassadors for Southern Cross and become part of the Vice Chancellor’s student caucus – a group that will play a key role in consulting on University decision-making.
“Any student thinking about which University to choose for 2018 needs to think carefully about whether their chosen university can offer them the opportunities, career support and course offerings that Southern Cross can,” Professor Shoemaker said.
“Universities need to be able to demonstrate that they can offer value to students, and that is what we strive to do at Southern Cross. We were recently named in the top 50 of Generation Y universities and in the top 500 universities globally by Times Higher Education. We know rankings can grab the attention of students, but it’s the learning experience they receive when they come and the career opportunities they get when they leave that really matter to them in the long term.
“The Southern Cross Scholars program is an important initiative that demonstrates our commitment to attracting high-quality students who care about the opportunities they will get from investing three or four years of their life studying with us.”
Scholarships will be awarded to students entering new courses, as well as students undertaking online degrees – and are open to domestic and international students, school leavers and mature-age students.
To apply for scholarships, students need to submit a 200-word statement about why they would make a great Southern Cross Scholar and submit the applications at www.scu.edu.au/scholarships. Further details about entrance and selection criteria are available on the site.
“Many other universities don’t give you the chance to conduct weekly trips into the rain forest on field research, or fly a drone to learn more about marine systems, or combine psychology and law to gain insights into the crime and the legal system,” Professor Shoemaker said.
“These scholarships are an exciting incentive that we expect will make many more students take a second look at what Southern Cross can offer as they decide their course preferences this year.”
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