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Federation student Fiji bound after winning prestigious national scholarship

Posted: Wednesday 1 December 2021

Federation University Australia student Bianca Hendry has won a prestigious national scholarship to attend the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in 2022. 

The scholarship is provided under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. 

Bianca, who grew up in St Arnaud, is studying a Bachelor of Sports Management/Bachelor of Business at Federation and says the scholarship will enable her to grow her leadership skills and provide new career opportunities. 

It will be the 20-year-old’s first time overseas, and she says the opportunity is already causing her to rethink her career choices. Initially keen on a job in events management, she is now looking more broadly at marketing with a business focus. 

Bianca’s parents, who have also never been overseas, encouraged her to seize the opportunity. 

She thanked Federation’s Global Professional School for encouraging her to apply for the scholarship valued at up to $26,500 and for supporting her with the application. 

Bianca has also been shortlisted for an internship with toy company Mattel in either China or Indonesia.  

Quotes attributable to Global Professional School Dean, Associate Professor Jason Giri 

“We are very proud that Bianca has been chosen to receive this prestigious national scholarship.” 

“We are always on the lookout for opportunities to build the skills and experience of our students and the New Colombo Plan scholarship is the perfect fit for Bianca.” 

“Our Global Professional School coordinates study abroad and exchange programs, providing opportunities for students to add a global experience to their degree.” 

Quotes attributable to Federation University Australia student Bianca Hendry 

“This scholarship will change the way I look at the world. It will open a lot of doors for me that I never thought possible.” 

“The overseas experience will allow me to explore another country and work with a diverse range of professionals that will teach me about culture, business customs and practices.” 

“The experiences I gain will not only improve my career opportunities, but also foster important connections for Australia in the Indo-Pacific region.” 

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