Elite Editing Launches $6,000 Scholarship for Postgraduate Students

Mar 04, 2013, 06:00 ET from Elite Editing

ADELAIDE, South Australia, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Elite Editing is committed to helping students achieve the highest educational standards possible. They know the financial difficulties that students face, especially in today's economic climate, and know that many students need to work to support themselves and their families while studying full time. Dr Lisa Lines, Director and Head Editor of Elite Editing, states 'It is a well-known fact in academia that postgraduate scholarships pay less than the Australian minimum wage and unless students are supported by other means, this meagre stipend isn't adequate to survive'. The pressure of studying full time while also working, sometimes long hours, is causing problems not only for students but also for universities because their students are not finishing their degrees on time, delaying the funding they receive from the government for each completion.

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It is for this reason that Australia's largest academic editing service has established the Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship. Each year, this scholarship will provide one postgraduate student who does not hold another scholarship with AU$6,000 tax free (or AU$3,600 if the student does hold another scholarship) over a period of 12 weeks so they can afford to cease other forms of employment in order to concentrate solely on the task for writing their thesis. Elite Editing knows that this type of financial assistance can make all the difference.

In establishing the scholarship, Elite Editing had been determined to provide $6,000 to the successful student regardless of whether or not they held another scholarship. However, they could not do so because the terms of the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), the most common scholarship help by Australian students and the award whose terms are replicated by all other major awards, stipulate that students are not permitted to hold two major awards concurrently. Any award providing more than 75% of what the APA offers is considered a major award. However, currently providing a mere $948.19 a fortnight to students and prohibiting them from working in paid employment for more than eight hours a week during the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, those who administer the award are out of touch with reality.

Students holding the APA scholarship who are not also supported by other means all need to work to support themselves, many during the week when they should be studying. Elite Editing's desire to provide those students with an extra $1,000 a fortnight to remove this need during the thesis write-up stage would have provided sorely needed assistance for those students. Forced to comply with the terms of the APA, Elite Editing can provide only $600 a fortnight to students who hold another scholarship.

Full details of the scholarship are available on the Elite Editing website at http://www.eliteediting.com.au/scholarship.aspx. Applications open 1 January and close on 30 June each year. The scholarship will be awarded prior to 31 July.

For more information, contact Dr Lisa Lines, Director and Head Editor of Elite Editing, by email info@eliteediting.com.au or phone +61 402361452.

Media Contact:

Lisa Lines, Elite Editing, 61402361452, lisa.lines@eliteediting.com.au

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