Fund provides opportunities for students

Dr Peter Bowen and wife Julianne, Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark and Northern Rivers Community Foundation chair Christopher Dean at the announcement of the new education fund.

A new education fund designed to help financially disadvantaged students go to university has been established by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Southern Cross University.

The fund has been established following donations of $25,000 each from local businessman, Dr Peter Bowen and his wife Julianne, and Southern Cross University.

Investment income from the Southern Cross University-Bowen Education Fund will be used to support scholarships and bursaries for students who have shown outstanding academic achievement but who are facing financial hardship.

Peter Bowen said he recognised the importance of education in his own life and hoped the fund would help other young people experience that too.

My education would not have been possible without generous financial support. Having experienced the life long benefits of a university education Julianne and I would now like to assist others who aspire to achieve a degree but need assistance, he said. We hope that others in the community who have benefited from a university education will help grow the fund.

The first scholarships will be available in 2009.

To learn more about the Northern Rivers Community Foundation visit www.nrcf.org.au. People wishing to contribute to the fund can do so online or phone Tracy Clement on 6621 9996.


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