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NMIT awards top students with study grants

15 May 2013

147 NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) students are celebrating after receiving a much welcomed financial boost.

The students are all recipients of NMIT study grants and received their awards at the annual NMIT Study Grants Presentation held yesterday evening at the Preston campus.

Students received grants ranging from $1000 to $5000 in value with some students winning funding for study tours, either interstate or overseas.

The evening was attended by NMIT staff (including CEO - Dr Andy Giddy), students and their families, representatives from award sponsors, and special guests.

Grants to a total value of $192,250 were presented to students from all NMIT's campuses. Winners were either nominated by their respective NMIT teaching department, in recognition of their academic performance and commitment to their studies, or awarded through an Open category in which students could nominate for an award.

Four NMIT students received grants of $5000 to fund study tours, either interstate or overseas, where they will attend industry conferences, tour research facilities, or participate in specialised short courses.

Students represented the wide range of disciplines offered at NMIT ranging from Engineering, Business, and traditional trades to Hospitality, Tourism, Community Services and many more. Grant winners included:

Michael Collins - an Epping campus Bachelor of Viticulture student who received a $5000 study tour award (sponsored by the NMIT Faculty of Earth Sciences) and plans to travel to the 64th National Conference of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (AESV) in Monterey, California.

Ben Walton-Healey - a Heidelberg campus Certificate III in Plumbing apprentice who received $1000 (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rosana) which he plans to use toward funding further study to obtain his plumbing license.

Amy Kennedy - a Fairfield campus Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture student who received $1400 (sponsored by All Points Glass - Thomastown). Amy plans to use her grant toward a trip to Italy where she will visit the Le Arti Orafe jewellery school in Florence.

Lachlan Scott - a Collingwood campus Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media student who received $1000 from McGuire Media which he plans to put toward his course costs including purchasing new audio equipment for filming.

Adrian Talarico - a Preston campus Certificate IV in Fitness student who received $1000 (sponsored by Elite Hygiene Services) which he plans to use toward the cost of his course.

Kiah Atkinson - a Greensborough campus Diploma of Sound Production student who won $1000 (courtesy of the Towards a Just Society Fund) and will use it toward the cost of software and computer hardware equipment for his course.

Elva Richards - an indigenous Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs student (courtesy of the Towards a Just Society Fund) who received a $1000 grant which she plans to use toward purchasing a computer and printer.

Since 1996 NMIT students have been awarded nearly $2.6 million through NMIT's Study Grants Program. The program is funded by numerous external sponsors, many of whom are local businesses in the northern region. Sponsors fund either individual awards or via the NMIT Industry Foundation.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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