Scholarships encourage NT students to start uni 

CDU Manager Community Engagement Nicole Manapol said the four-year Aspire Scholarship Program aims to encourage more NT high school students to start higher education study

A scholarship program that encourages more NT high school students to go to university has emerged from a partnership between Charles Darwin University and secondary schools.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government, the four-year Aspire Scholarship Program will deliver $464,000 in financial support to Years 10 to 12 students, who have demonstrated leadership potential, good academic results and an interest in serving their communities.

After the recipients complete their secondary school education, the scholarship funding may be extended through their first year of higher education studies at CDU.

The program aims to help students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their best results in secondary school and raise their aspirations to pursue tertiary study.

CDU Manager Community Engagement Ms Nicole Manapol said the Aspire Scholarship went beyond just funding educational aspirations by also providing support programs.

“The scholarship will provide recipients the opportunity to take advantage of mentoring, tutoring and community service programs that connect them to CDU students, staff, alumni and the broader community,” Ms Manapol said.

“The Aspire Program is designed to support students’ progression into tertiary study through personal and educational development, exploration of leadership potential and development of social responsibility for their community.”

The Aspire Scholarship Program is a partnership initiative between CDU and Northern Territory secondary schools and is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.