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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 one-off payment of $1,600.


Important dates

Opens: 1-03-2021 Closes: 1-04-2021

Applies to

Domestic Undergraduate Coursework

At a glance

  • You must be a current ECU student to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to AskUs.

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 an academic status of good standing;
  • be able to provide evidence of their interest in reading and literacy

How to apply

Application is made via the ECU Online Scholarship Application Portal.

Access to the Portal is available between application opening and closing dates.

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.

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