Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Debra Henly said the university recognised the increased pressure on those finishing high school this year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From July Griffith will offer 80 Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships to academically gifted students who demonstrate qualities including leadership, civic responsibility and social awareness,” Professor Henly said.
“We are encouraging school principals to nominate students for the scholarships, which will start next year and be offered to students who accept a place in a degree program at Griffith in 2021.”
Feedback on the new scholarships, which will be awarded in October, has been positive.
“It is not uncommon to find our students at risk of disengaging from their learning pathways as a result of social and economic stresses and constraints,” Principal Park Ridge State High School Sharon Amos said.
“Programs and initiatives that support our students to maintain a stable lifestyle, while engaging in post-school study opportunities, are invaluable commodities within our community.
“Through innovative and targeted initiatives, such as the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships, our students have the means to successfully transition to university at the completion of their school studies.”
Eligibility criteria for the scholarships include demonstrated high academic achievement with a Queensland ATAR over 95.50.
In addition to financial support, successful recipients will also be automatically given membership to the Griffith Honours College, which is designed for high achieving students.
The Honours College provides enriching experiences exclusive to the College where students will develop skills in high demand by employers – leadership, teamwork, communication, community engagement, intellectual curiosity and the development of research and work skills.
Griffith continues to support a number of pathways to university study, with a long tradition of recognising the skills and knowledge gained through VET programs as a highly effective route to tertiary education.
The University continues to accept Certificate III, IV and Diplomas as a stand-alone pathway to university, direct from high school completion, with guaranteed admission to some of its most popular programs.
“Griffith always puts students first, ensuring those that enter University after a particularly tough Year 12 experience have the academic ability to succeed,” Professor Henly said.
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