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New scheme of university scholarship for A.C.T. students

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Statement by the Minister f-)r the Interior, The Hon. J.D. Anthony

The Minister for the I nterior, Mr. Anthony, today announced the introduction of a new scheme of university scholarships for A.C.T. students.

The awards will be based upon results obtained at the

Higher School Certificate examination and will entitle the successful applicants to payment of all compulsory fees together with an 'allowance of up to 0500 per annum Twenty awards will be made in 1968 based on the 1967

examination results. Mr. Anthony said the new scheme will be known as the "University scholarship scheme in the A.C.T." and would eventually replace the existing Canberra scholarship scheme.

There would be no change in conditions and allowances for holders of existing C anberra scholarships.

These scholars would continue to receive the same benefits

as in the past.

The two schemes would operate concurrently until existing

Canberra scholarships were completed.

There would be no further awarde of second or Later Year

scholarships, he said.

Mr. Anthony explained that second or Later Year scholarships had in the past been awarded to selected undergraduates on the

results of end of year university examinations. The scholarships which had been awarded were those which had become vacant as the result of resignations or terminations of awards.

Scholarship holders would not experience any difficulties

with the concurrent operation of the old and new schemes.

The majority of those holding existing Canberra Scholarships

would complete their university courses within the next two years although a few who entered upon a 6 years' course of study would not complete until as late as 1972.

The introduction of the Wyndham system and consequent

changes in matriculation requirements made it appropriate to

institute the new scheme at this time.

The new scholarships would be awarded on merit and a means

rest will not be imposed..

Application forms will be available through the schools within two weeks. Unsuccessful applicants subject to meeting

requirements, will be eligible to compete for Commonwealth



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