BUILDING CAPACITY THROUGH THE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FUND For a great number of prospective young and mature age students, the opportunity to attend university is outside their reach. For those who make it to UOW, financial and other barriers often inhibit the ability to participate fully in all the opportunities available through tertiary study.
In 2007 the Learning and Development Fund was created to finance initiatives to support these students in need. Through our giving we have been able to increase the value of the scholarship in 2013. Instead of a one-off at $3000, we can now offer 10 new scholarships valued at $3000 per annum for three years. Gifts to this fund are unrestricted and are used to provide practical support for UOW students through equity and diversity initiatives and opportunities to expand the student experience, including but not limited to:
- Rent assistance
- Student bursaries
- Internet access
- Research Material
- Textbook vouchers
- Computer software
- Aids for disabled students
- Scholarships for non-traditional courses
- Vouchers for clothing or equipment for specialised degree students, eg – Nursing, Medicine, Creative Arts, etc
- Support for international students
Pariz Lythgo-Marshall is one of UOWs Learning and Development scholars who actively promotes the importance and impact of the Fund. “The scholarship enabled me to purchase some very valuable learning resources, including my core law textbooks, which I couldn't undertake my subjects without. It also eased the pressure of some of the day to day living expenses, such as groceries and rent, which can make university life very difficult to manage, especially if you are trying to balance work, study and supporting yourself”, Pariz reflects.
Her determination to give back and help provide the same opportunities that she was given says a lot about her commitment and connection to the University. She is an outstanding student who has taken the Learning and Development scholarship and leveraged vital leads for her education and career. Pariz is currently a PhD candidate, teaching Law at a university level, and is involved with various community outreach programs that connect back to UOW.
As Pariz's experience shows, there is true value in participating in giving. If you have the capacity to give, even a little, we encourage you to do so. Because what seems only a little to a supporter can be significant to the one supported.
Senior Development Co-ordinator
Office of Advancement
Lower Level, Building 36
University of Wollongong
Phone: +61 2 4221 4722