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For more information on the Melbourne Scholarships Program, please go to www.services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/ugrad/future/national.html.

A total of 26 outstanding VCE students, all with ENTER scores of 99.9 and above have accepted Melbourne National Scholarships to study at the University of Melbourne in 2010.

The scholarships were offered after the official release of 2009 VCE results this morning. 

Each recipient receives a HECS exempt Commonwealth Supported place in one of the University of Melbourne’s new-generation degrees and a $5000 annual allowance for the duration of their undergraduate degree. 

Journalists please note: interview and photo opportunities with this year’s students will be available after 1.30pm.  See details below.

The scholarships are offered to the best and brightest Australian students who achieve an ENTER score of 99.9 or above, have listed a University of Melbourne course as their first preference for 2010 and have applied for the scholarships.

The students who so far have accepted Melbourne National Scholarship offers this year are:

Christopher Chew (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, 99.95, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Blake Connell (Scotch College, 99.95, Bachelor of Arts)
Oscar Dang (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, 99.95, Bachelor of Commerce)
Jeremy Gervasi (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, 99.95, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Adrian Li (Scotch College, 99.95, Bachelor of Science)
Rama Lokon (Scotch College, 99.95, Bachelor of Arts)
Kunal Luthra (Melbourne High School, 99.95, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Dana Ma (Melbourne Girls Grammar, 99.95, Bachelor of Science)
Justin Ng (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, 99.95, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Claire Southwell (Methodist Ladies College, 99.95, Bachelor of Arts)
Douglas Tjandra (Melbourne Grammar School, 99.95, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Helen Toner (Melbourne Girls Grammar, 99.95, Bachelor of Science)
Laura Blair-West (Lauriston Girls School, 99.9, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Stephanie Cochrane (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, 99.9, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Myles Davaris (Melbourne Grammar School, 99.9, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Bebe Ahna D’Souza (Macrobertson Girls High School, 99.9, Bachelor of Arts)
Yinning Feng (Macrobertson Girls High School, 99.9, Bachelor of Commerce)
Phil Ha (Camberwell Grammar School, 99.9, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Irene Han (Mount Waverley Secondary College, 99.9, Bachelor of Arts)
Josip Horbec (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, 99.9, Bachelor of Arts)
Jingyun Jiang (Balwyn High School, 99.9, Bachelor of Commerce)
Kristjian Jovanoski (Melbourne High School, 99.9, Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Patrick Molloy (Westbourne Grammar School, 99.9, Bachelor of Science)
Isobel Prowse (Genazzano F.C.J College, 99.9, Bachelor of Arts - Media & Communications)
Gabrielle Sing (Woodleigh School, 99.9, Bachelor of Arts)
Elias Vitsentzatos (St Kevin’s College Toorak, 99.9, Bachelor of Commerce)

Congratulating the new Melbourne National Scholars, University of Melbourne Provost Professor John Dewar said the University is honoured to have the opportunity to provide these high-achieving students with a world-class  university experience.  “At Melbourne these outstanding young scholars will study with some of the best teachers and beside some of the best and brightest students.

“Like all students at Melbourne, they will have access to a broad range of experiences inside and outside the classroom which are all designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for the workplace or further study in our increasingly-global world.”

The University is consistently ranked among the world's leading universities and in 2009 was ranked 36 overall by the Times Higher Education (up from 38) and was the only Australian university to have all surveyed disciplines in the Top 30 in the world.  It also leads the rankings of Australian universities in Life Sciences and Biomedicine (No 13 in the world) and Engineering and IT (No 29).

The University is ranked No 6 in the world for the employability of its graduates in a survey of major global and national employers across both the public and private sectors.

PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
WHAT:        High achieving VCE students celebrate Melbourne National Scholarship offers
WHERE:    South Lawn, University of Melbourne (entry via Gate 10 on Grattan St).
See map: www.pb.unimelb.edu.au/CampusMaps/Parkville.pdf
WHEN:         Monday 14 December, 1.30pm