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Young Achiever gets a head start at Uni

 

Portland Secondary College alumnus Jake Edwards started his Bachelor of Commerce this year, but the high achiever was no stranger to university life.Mr Edwards got to experience campus life while still in high school as part of the University of Melbourne’s Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program. "It was a great way to meet with other students across Victoria and take advantage of some of the resources at the University of Melbourne," Mr Edwards said."I feel so much more connected and confident heading into tertiary study having experienced aspects of university life already."It means I can spend more time focusing on my studies."The easy transition into tertiary studies now means Mr Edwards can focus on completing his commerce degree and then a Master in Engineering.Year 11 and 12 students selected to participate are invited to events at the university and have access to academics, library resources and opportunities to develop their leadership skills."During year 12 I was able to go to revision lectures, which was very helpful during my exams," Mr Edwards added.Professor Susan Elliott, Deputy Provost at the University of Melbourne, said since the program’s inception in 2007, more than 7000 young scholars have been through the program, including many students from regional Victoria."It brings together students from across Victoria, creating opportunities for them to meet and connect with like-minds," Prof Elliott said."It’s designed for high-achieving students and aims to be an academically enriching experience for them which alerts them to the opportunities provided by a university education."The students take part in events both at our Parkville campus and throughout regional Victoria, so there are opportunities for a diverse range of students to get involved."Students in year 10 can apply from August at futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/kld

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