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Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship

Left to right: Lisa Hinder, Diana Malik and Neale Guthrie (Canberra Community Bank Group) and Steve Imre (Canberra PCYC).

In memory of a mate, and a tireless patron of the Canberra community, Canberra Community Bank Group and Canberra PCYC have today launched the Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship.

Jayson Hinder was a former Labor Member for Ginninderra, a lawyer, businessman and family man. A passionate Canberran, he was heavily involved in the local community as Chairman of Canberra Community Bank Group, past President and Board Member of Canberra PCYC, one of the founding players of the ACT Vets Rugby team, an avid supporter of the Brumbies, and a diligent volunteer.

Jayson very sadly passed away in a motorcycle accident in California in mid-2017.

To celebrate his life and contribution, Canberra Community Bank Group and Canberra PCYC have established an initiative to make a big difference to a young Canberran’s life – just as Jayson did every day.

Neale Guthrie, Chairman of Canberra Community Bank Group (which manages four local Bendigo Community Bank® branches – Curtin, Jerrabomberra, Wanniassa and Calwell), says “We are very happy and proud to be able to provide the funding for this ongoing scholarship in the name of our longest serving Chair, Jayson Hinder, who tragically is no longer with us.

“To be able to structure the scholarship to support the Canberra PCYC where Jayson was also President for many years is equally fantastic. It is great to be able to support young people to build positive futures for themselves which is a founding principle of both the Canberra Community Bank Group and Canberra PCYC.”

Jayson Hinder

Jayson Hinder.

Lisa Hinder, Jayson Hinder’s wife, says “Jayson was always enthusiastic about helping the underdog. He believed disadvantaged kids deserved a fair go so it’s great that this scholarship program is focussed at supporting young people in Canberra PCYC programs.”

About the scholarship

The Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship aims to help highly motivated local students who have been offered a place at an Australian TAFE institute, but are experiencing financial or social challenges.

The scholarship will award $2,500 per year per student to cover course fees, materials and equipment, and education-related travel expenses. Recipients will initially secure a one-year scholarship, but may be eligible for up to two years depending on the course.

Applicants must be a current participant in a Canberra PCYC program. Canberra PCYC is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to build positive futures for at-risk young people and prevent them from entering the justice system.

Executive Manager of Canberra PCYC, Cheryl O’Donnell, says, “Our programs and activities demonstrate diverse possibilities for lifestyle choices, and better pathways by offering high adrenaline, positive, safe risk-taking activities that young people can enjoy. Through our support frameworks, we ensure that participants achieve tangible outcomes and practical skills to effect positive changes, increased resilience and increased community engagement.

“We are so excited to be able to offer these scholarships to young people we work with who, through struggles in everyday life, have managed to change their lives with hard work and the determination to achieve. We are so grateful to Canberra Community Bank Group and the Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship for their support in helping these young people reach great heights.”


To be eligible to apply for the Jayson Hinder Memorial Scholarship, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in Canberra or Queanbeyan
  • Be aged 16-25 years old (as at 30 January 2019)
  • Have completed Year 10 as a minimum and finished secondary school
  • Be a current participant in a CPCYC program
  • Have been offered a place to study at an approved Australian TAFE institute campus for an approved Australian course in 2019 (studying on or off campus)

You should also be able to demonstrate financial or social challenges that are making it difficult to do further study, and show that you are academically motivated and involved in the local community.

The scholarship can be used for any study area, as long as it is an apprenticeship, certificate or diploma (or higher) course that runs for at least 10 weeks (part time or full time). VETIS, foundation level training and short courses are ineligible.

Scholarships will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee, based on the student’s academic achievement, financial or social challenges, and evidence of leadership and citizenship within their community.

How to apply

Applications for the scholarship open today, 3 December 2018, and you have until January 29, 2019 to apply. You can apply online here.

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