Fine young scholars

Six academically gifted students from regional NSW have begun studies at UNSW with support from transport business Ron Finemore Transport.

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Mr Shane Finemore (centre) with five of the six award recipients (L-R) Michael Wright, Connor Jones, Lachlan Wright, Thomas Horspool and Brayden Morris. Photo: Maja Baska

Six academically gifted students from regional NSW have begun studies at UNSW with support from local transport business Ron Finemore Transport.

The six students are all recipients of the Ron Finemore Transport Academic Achievement Award, which helps high school students from regional NSW undertake undergraduate study at UNSW.

The award gives the students $4,000 to cover their transition to Sydney and their first year of study at UNSW.

Ron Finemore Transport Pty Ltd Director Mr Shane Finemore presented the awards to the recipients at UNSW on Thursday 27 March.  Representing his father, Executive Chairman and founder Ron Finemore AO, he said he was proud to offer these outstanding regional students scholarships to assist them in starting university.  

"The first year of university is often the hardest, particularly when you are moving from the country," said Mr Finemore, who graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1989. 

"These scholarships provide encouragement and assistance to students to follow their career ambitions and we are honored to be a part of their future.” 

Shane Finemore said his company is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates across central and southern NSW. 

“Being in local business is about being part of the local community and supporting these awards is an important part of that.” 

Tayla Coles received a Ron Finemore Transport Academic Achievement Award in 2013. Tayla is now in her second year of Medicine and came to UNSW from Riverina Anglican College in Wagga Wagga. 

"The Ron Finemore Transport award has substantially assisted in the costs associated with relocating to Sydney to be able to study. These awards are so important for the rural kids, who without them, may not be able to do what they are capable of." 

The  2014 Ron Finemore Transport Academic Achievement Award recipients are: 

Michael Wright          Bachelor Engineering (Mining) – Albury High School                                 

Lachlan Wright          Bachelor Engingeering (Civil) – The Riverina Anglican College, Wagga

Brayden Morris          Bachelor Engineering (Software) – Wagga Wagga Christian College

Thomas Horspool     Bachelor Engineering (flexible) – Denison College Kelso High Campus                       

Connor Jones            Bachelor Medical Science – Mudgee High School

Olivia Inwood             Bachelor Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts – Forbes High School

Media contact: Steve Offner, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 15 83, 0424 580208