Student living company Scape is funding an accommodation scholarship programme valued at A$26 million (£14.3 million) which will be rolled out over three years.

The first leg of the programme is $6 million available to students enrolled in courses relating to front line health workers in semester two, 2020. This programme will accommodate numerous students with scholarship beds in key cities, alleviating some of the financial burden brought on by the economic difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scape Group chief executive Anouk Darling said: “Our vision is to support students who are studying courses in fields helping to create a better future for Australia’s health. This scholarship bed programme will see dedicated student accommodation across key cities readily available to a large cohort of students studying nursing, health science, education and research – all eligible to apply.”

Sydney-based Scape Group acquired Atira Student Living last October and the Urbanest brand in May, bringing its portfolio of owned and operated student buildings to 24. Scape stated that with dedicated study spaces, a community of like-minded students, and virtual eventing programmes on offer, the scholarship students will be in environments conducive to academic success, and personal, physical and mental wellness.

Craig Carracher, chairman of Scape Group, said: “We acknowledge the economic pressure and uncertainty that is impacting the education sector, our university partners and their student cohorts. In an unprecedented year, we must play a role in building back up and future proofing both our health and education industries in Australia.”

Date published: 19 August 2020

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