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Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne Scholarship

The Dr Thelma Bessell-Brown Scholarship was established in honour of Dr Leo Leriche's late wife Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne. Thelma was a teacher who dedicated her whole life to education, with a strong focus on reading and literacy in particular. The Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying 4th Year in an Undergraduate Education degree who demonstrates a passion for education and a specific interest in reading and literacy.

More information about Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne can be found by downloading the donor bio. (PDF)

Application opening date: 28 November 2016
Application closing date: 27 February 2017
Method of application: Application form will be available to download from this web page between application opening and closing dates


Amount: $1600
Frequency: $800 in semester one and two following census date
Method: Electronic funds transfer

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • be current students
  • have completed 3 years/360 credit points of one of the following courses:
    • Bachelor of Education (Primary) Y41
    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) Y42
  • be enrolled /enrolling into their 4th year units in semester 1, 2016
  • have maintained an academic status of good standing at the end of each semester (as defined in the ECU handbook)
  • be able to provide evidence of their interest in reading and literacy


  • Australian citizen

Level of study

  • Undergraduate bachelor courses

Year of study

  • Commencing 4th year


Study mode

  • Full-time, on-campus

Applicant information

Applicants must supply a written statement of approx. 500 words demonstrating their passion for education and their commitment to the effective teaching of reading and literacy. In particular applicants should provide information describing the relevant activities/studies they have undertaken outside of their core/compulsory units, in order to support their knowledge and understanding of effective literacy teaching.


Selection will be based on:

  • Academic Merit
  • Evidence of reading and literacy activities/studies undertaken outside of core/compulsory units
  • Content of Statement

More information

Contact the Scholarships Office.

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