"I was ecstatic and relieved when I received the news about the scholarship."
Studying at university can be a costly experience, yet all the while, a worthy investment into your future career and professional opportunities.
Deakin Business School (DBS) offers a plethora of student support opportunities, in particular, through financial assistance such as scholarships.
For DBS student Jacob Jarrett, applying for a scholarship was just what he needed while studying his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance.
‘At the time I applied for the Edge Financial Partners Scholarship I was going into my second year of study,’ Jacob says.
‘I was also working in a part-time job in my local town about four and a half hours away from Deakin. The travel between university and home did take a toll on my studies and because of this I thought it would be ideal to apply for the scholarship.
‘I was ecstatic and relieved when I received the news about the scholarship. It meant I now had some financial support to allow me to focus on my studies without having to worry about travelling home often to work.’
The Edge Financial Partners Scholarship provides support for students on academic merit, which can be used towards their living and study expenses. Students receive the $7500 cash scholarship across the second and third year of their major.
It is exclusively available every two years and is open to all undergraduate commerce students who have completed their initial first year units and have elected to major in financial planning.
Gaining any scholarship brings great financial benefit and Jacob says this extra support enabled him to focus on other aspects of his time at university.
‘Receiving this scholarship allowed me to utilise my extra time to pursue taking on other roles at Deakin and also internships,’ Jacob explains.
‘Gaining experience in the workplace is really important when seeking employment in the future, so I made sure to make the most of my time and continue to work towards gaining further knowledge.’
An opportunity not to be missed, Jacob recommends any student applying for scholarship opportunities to assist, during what can be a busy time for students.
Jacob is thoroughly enjoying his time at Deakin and he is incredibly grateful for the opportunity, which has only added to his experience at university.
‘There are so many reasons why I’ve enjoyed studying at Deakin,’ he says.
‘After attending Open Day here, I really loved the facilities and atmosphere. Both my siblings attend Deakin and a few friends were already here, so it gave me a good idea of what it was like. For me it was a no-brainer!
‘The friends I’ve made, the lectures and teaching staff we have access to – it’s been invaluable. The best thing about Deakin is the sense of community which you only get from a university such as this one – everybody is just so friendly and welcoming.’
For more information on the scholarships available to students, check out the University Scholarships and Awards page.