Charles Sturt University (CSU) encourages current and future students to apply for a CSU Foundation Scholarship for the upcoming academic year.
CSU Advancement Office Associate Director Annemaree Binger said despite the over 300 scholarships available to students many in the student community overlooked them as a way to ease the costs associated with study.
“Many scholarships go un-awarded because people assume they won’t be successful or are not eligible for financial support,” Ms Binger said.
“If you’re working to support yourself and this cuts into study time, that’s financial hardship.”
Ms Binger advises students to answer all questions whether they think they apply to them or not, and added it is important to take the time with the application by responding with more than one sentence.
“A couple of sentences will increase your chances, because donors are interested in the student’s story and background,” Ms Binger said.
CSU Foundation Scholarships rely on the support of community members, groups and businesses who donate funds to set up scholarship programs.
CSU Foundation scholarships are an important way for the community to support students coming to Charles Sturt University. Ms Binger added CSU welcomes businesses and individuals who want to support CSU Foundation Scholarships by donating to an existing scholarship or working with the Advancement team to create your own scholarship.
“It’s heartening to see the generosity of people and the business community in supporting students who may not otherwise be able to afford a university education,” Ms Binger said.
CSU Foundation Scholarships can be applied for online and are open till Saturday 1 December 2018 and Friday 1 February 2019. Students are encouraged to go to the CSU Foundation Scholarships website for details and the closing date of the scholarship they are applying for.
“It’s not as hard or as time consuming as you think,” Ms Binger said. “Seventy-five per cent of students say it’s easy, so apply now.”