Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon
Skyline Bursary Program Graduates Honoured
Victor P Taffa
Education Minister Martin Dixon today congratulated 15 Year 12 students who have graduated from the Skyline Education Foundation of Australia (SEFA) Bursary Program.
Mr. Dixon presented this year’s Skyline Bursary Program graduates with certificates and an Oxford Dictionary in a special ceremony at 2 Treasury Place, Melbourne.
Mr. Dixon said SEFA played an important philanthropic role by allowing young people to realise their potential through education, regardless of their background.
“SEFA’s mission is to help talented young people step out of adversity and embark on a journey of opportunity where they can realise their potential through Education.” Mr. Dixon said.
“This work fits closely with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s aims of helping underprivileged young Victorians and developing partnerships with communities and parents.”
“I congratulate the SEFA class of 2010 for their wonderful achievements and wish them all the best for a bright future.” Mr. Dixon said.
The Skyline Education Foundation of Australia is a non-profit organisation currently under the Chairmanship of former Governor-General Dr. Peter Hollingworth.
Since 2005, the unique specialised Program has provided financial and emotional support to socially disadvantaged government school students to help them reach their full potential in their VCE years.
Through the Skyline Bursary Program, SEFA offers a range of support for disadvantaged VCE students including the payment of school fees, provision of text books, private tuition, career guidance, personal development workshops and tertiary scholarship opportunities.
Mr. Dixon said the SEFA Bursary Program had proven a vital asset in Victoria over the past five years, with past graduates completing their Tertiary Studies.
“The Program has demonstrated that graduating students have improved organisational and leadership skills, increased confidence, expanded networks, and improved academic outcomes.” Mr. Dixon said.
“I commend SEFA for its encouragement of many young Victorians over the years.” Mr. Dixon said.