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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.

Application opening date: January 2016
Application closing date: March 2016
Method of application: Application form will be available to download from this web page between application opening and closing dates


$800 in semester one and two following census date
Electronic funds transfer

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be current students enrolling in their 4th Year at ECU in one of the following courses
    • Bachelor of Education (Primary) Y41
    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) Y42
  • have completed at least one of the following units or a comparable literacy unit.
    • LIT1010
    • LIT2011
    • LAN2101
    • LAN3201
    • LAN2265
    • LIT1110
    • LIT2110
    • LAN2240
    • LAN3260
    • LAN4128
    • LIT2010
    • LAN1000
    • LAN2260
    • LAN3246
    • LAN4118
    • LIT4260
  • Current students are expected to have maintained an academic status of good standing at the end of each semester (as defined in the ECU handbook)


  • Australian citizen

Level of study:

  • Undergraduate Bachelor courses

Year of study:

  • 4th year


  • Education and Arts


Study mode:

  • Full-time on-campus

Applicant Information:

Applicants must supply a written statement of 200 words indicating their commitment to the effective teaching of reading and literacy. In particular applicants should refer to any relevant activities they have undertaken outside of their core units, in order to support their knowledge and understanding of effective literacy teaching.


Selection will be based on Academic Merit and Statement of Commitment.

More Information:

Contact the Scholarships Office

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