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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. The scholarship offers a payment of $800 in semester one and two following census date, for a total of $1,600.

Important dates

Opens: 28-11-2016 Closes: 27-02-2017

Applies to

Domestic Undergraduate

At a glance

  • Open date 28/11/2016
  • Closing date 27/02/2017
  • You must be a current ECU student to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • You can contact the Scholarships Office for more information.

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • be a current student;
  • have completed 3 years/360 credit points of one of the following courses:
    • Bachelor of Education (Primary) Y41; or
    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) Y42.
  • be enrolled /enrolling into your 4th year units in semester 1;
  • be studying full time and on-campus;
  • have maintained an academic status of good standing at the end of each semester (as defined in the ECU handbook); and
  • be able to provide evidence of their interest in reading and literacy

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on:

  • your Academic Merit;
  • evidence you provide of reading and literacy activities/studies undertaken outside of your core/compulsory units; and
  • the content of your statement (see How to apply below).

How to apply

  • Download and complete the application form as a hard copy, or electronic copy.
  • You will need to supply a written statement of approx. 500 words demonstrating your passion for education and commitment to the effective teaching of reading and literacy.
  • In particular you should provide information describing the relevant activities/studies you have undertaken outside of your core/compulsory units, in order to support your knowledge and understanding of effective literacy teaching.

For more information

  • More information about Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne can be found by downloading the donor bio. (PDF)
  • Find out more about our School of Education.
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