Scholarships open up

Scholarships open up
CALL TO ARMS: Albury mayor Kevin Mack wants more Border applicants to apply for a new scholarship program that's aimed at fostering young leaders in industry.

Young people on the Border now have the chance to apply for a business scholarship worth up to $15,000 following a jobs forum last year in Albury.

The Sarina Russo Institute has five free places in its Diploma of Leadership and Management, which is an online course aimed at fostering young leaders.

To be eligible, applicants must be under 30 and live within a 100-kilometre radius of Albury-Wodonga.

It is suited towards young people working in any industry looking to step up into a supervisory role.

Candidates will be asked to demonstrate what steps they’ve taken to plan their future, what they’ve done in the community and workplace and how they would use the scholarship to further support fellow young people.

The course is conducted online through a virtual classroom, where students log on and take part in lectures.

It takes about a year to complete, with 10 to 15 hours per week required to study.

Students are assessed on readings through online quizzes. 

A five-point plan to lift youth jobs was adopted at the end of the forum back in April, which had been organised by Albury mayor Kevin Mack and the Sarina Russo Institute. 

It involved boosting engagement with families and schools, improving transport and mentoring youngsters.

A directive from these talks was to establish a group of five young leaders to champion this plan towards engaging young people in their career choices and goals.

Sarina Russo chief executive Kathleen Newcombe said: “If you know a young person in Albury, or if you are a young person looking to take your career to the next level, we encourage you to nominate".

Ms Newcombe said it would be ideal for people interested in management roles in business.

Albury mayor Kevin Mack said it was about promoting leadership in people under 30 and would be a nice addition to their CV.

“It will encourage them to work with other young people to mentor them into employment and a greater future,” he said. “There’s a whole raft of opportunities for older people to mentor young people, but people aged between 20 and 30 want to be successful to mentor other young people too."

To nominate, email Melanie Howell from Sarina Russo Institute at


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