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Lismore City Council Supports Southern Cross University


14 March 2005
The importance of Lismore’s role as a ‘University city” has been highlighted by a commitment by Lismore City Council to four new scholarships.

“It’s a new initiative for Council to support the University in this way and it reflects the importance the Council places on the University’s role in the life of Lismore,” Mayor Merv King said.

The first of the four scholarships, each worth $5 000, is the Mayor of Lismore Scholarship for Academic Achievement, awarded to seventeen year old former Trinity Catholic College student Sarah Pearce at a Lismore scholarship ceremony last month.

“We are encouraging students to stay in the local area by providing them with financial assistance in their studies and promoting educational opportunities available in this region,” said Mayor Merv King.

Ms Pearce, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing degree course, said she was thrilled at receiving the scholarship.

“For me, nursing is something I have always wanted to do. It’s great that I can study it here in my home city and then hopefully stay here when I graduate,” she said.

In addition to this inaugural undergraduate scholarship, the Council has agreed to support a further three new post graduate research scholarships to assist with providing better Council services.

“The research undertaken in partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council will be specific to Lismore and of tangible benefit,” said Mayor Merv King.

The scholarships will support research aimed at building stronger neighbourhoods, and providing better services to the public in the areas of waste management and water conservation.

The four scholarships, each valued at $5 000, will be awarded annually.

Photo opportunity with Mayor Merv King and scholarship recipient Sarah Pearce at 11.15am Tuesday 15th March 2005 SCU Main Library.

For further information, contact Helen Hughes, Communications Manager, Southern Cross University, on 02 66203039.