Deakin establishes new Bushfire Relief Residential Scholarships

Media release
13 January 2020

Deakin University has established a new accommodation scholarship to help current and commencing students impacted by the bushfires. The Bushfire Relief Residential Scholarships, each worth around $12,000, are now available and will cover the yearly cost of student accommodation.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said Bushfire Relief Residential Scholarships are available at all Deakin campuses, in Burwood, Geelong (Waterfront and Waurn Ponds) and Warrnambool, to ensure impacted students can continue or commence their studies this year.

"As the bushfire crisis continues in many parts of Victoria and Australia, it is clear that the consequences of the terrible devastation will be with all of us for many years to come," Professor Martin said.

"We are focused on supporting the educational aspirations of students whose studies might otherwise be interrupted as a consequence of the bushfires that continue to rage. The new Bushfire Relief Residential Scholarships are available now at all Deakin campuses, including for our Cloud students, so impacted students can plan for the academic year with confidence.

"In addition to the accommodation scholarships, there is a variety of support available to Deakin students, including financial assistance, replacement of lost study essentials, flexibility with deadlines and of course counselling and personal support. I urge students to contact Student Central to discuss how we can help.

"Deakin will continue to reflect on the issues that the bushfires have raised to ensure that we continue to respond in ways that make a meaningful difference to those impacted both within and beyond the Deakin community."

For more information, visit the Bushfire Relief Residential Scholarships webpage.

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