Our Young Scholars

Click an image to read a student's profile.

"You make some really lasting connections with really great people."

"By introducing us to uni students and giving us access to on campus events we really got an inside look on what it might be like to study at Melbourne."

Joshua Brittain
Timboon P-12 School
KLD Class of 2017

"You make some really lasting connections with really great people."

Joshua Brittain
Timboon P-12 School
KLD Class of 2017

"KLD has totally transformed the way I look at further education, through the on-campus events and lectures, and given me a deeper understanding of what University is like."

"The University of Melbourne offers beautiful facilities and amazing, highly regarded course opportunities, along with great support from other students and teaching staff."

Olivia Aylen
Surfcoast Secondary College
KLD Class of 2017

"KLD has totally transformed the way I look at further education"

Olivia Aylen
Surfcoast Secondary College
KLD Class of 2017

"Meeting up with people of many different cultures and backgrounds has helped me broaden my horizons."

Omer Hassan
Ilim College
KLD Class of 2017

"Meeting up with people of many different cultures and backgrounds has helped me broaden my horizons."

Omer Hassan
Ilim College
KLD Class of 2017

"My favourite thing about KLD so far is meeting people with similar interests."

Zainab Alnajar
Pascoe Vale Girls' College
KLD Class of 2017

"My favourite thing about KLD so far is meeting people with similar interests."

Zainab Alnajar
Pascoe Vale Girls' College
KLD Class of 2017

“I gained confidence through KLD”

What difference did KLD make to your secondary studies?
For me, KLD offered a support network. Whether through VCE Revision Lectures, or simply providing the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who were going through similar experiences, KLD helped me to reach a stage in my studies where I was confident that I was as prepared as I possibly could be for my VCE exams. My goal ATAR, scholarships, and other aspirations seemed so much more attainable, knowing that I had the support of so many people.

How did KLD help you make the transition to university?
I started my first year knowing only a handful of people, and having no idea what to expect at University. Before my first semester, I didn't own a Myki card, could not tell you what “SWOT-VAC” meant, and had no idea what the difference between an espresso and a macchiato was. Despite all this, my experience as KLD alumna made me feel at home at the University of Melbourne. Being part of the KLD Young Scholars meant that a familiar face was never too far away on campus, which made it so much easier to actively immerse myself in University life.

What is the highlight of the KLD Young Scholars Program for you?
In June this year, I am travelling to the London School of Economics and Political Science to study over Melbourne's winter break. Through the Melbourne Global Scholars Award, which I was eligible for through the KLD Young Scholars Program, I have the opportunity to travel overseas, immerse myself in a foreign culture, and attend one of the best educational institutions in the world; while still contributing towards my degree here at Melbourne. The credits I receive from my host institution are transferable to my degree. I am really looking forward to leaving my comfort zone, and discovering what else the world has to offer, with the support of the University of Melbourne.

Holly Briffa
Thomas Carr College
KLD class of 2012
Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies)

“I gained confidence through KLD”

Holly Briffa
Thomas Carr College
KLD class of 2012
Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies)

“I met a lot of people through KLD”

“The KLD program gave me access to revision lectures and workshops throughout Year 11 and 12, which helped me get the best possible scores in Year 12. But the highlight of the program for me was getting the opportunity to meet heaps of new people!”

Harrison Christie
Birchip P-12 School
KLD class of 2013
Bachelor of Agriculture

“I met a lot of people through KLD”

Harrison Christie
Birchip P-12 School
KLD class of 2013
Bachelor of Agriculture

“I was inspired to do my best”

“As a rural student I found the Melbourne experience days and revision lectures offered by the KLD program very beneficial. Participating in these events meant I met many other students with similar aspirations as myself, inspiring me to work to the best of my ability during VCE. The revision lectures also provided a fantastic opportunity for me to consolidate what I had been taught at school and aid me in my final exam preparations.”

Anna Bakogianis
St Mary of the Angels Secondary College Nathalia
KLD class of 2013
Bachelor of Biomedicine

“I was inspired to do my best”

Anna Bakogianis
St Mary of the Angels Secondary College Nathalia
KLD class of 2013
Bachelor of Biomedicine

"A clear path to follow"

"Participating in the KLD program has given me an incredible cohort of fantastic and interesting people to get to know, as well as a clearer path for me to follow. My favourite KLD event so far was probably the Welcome to Year 11 event earlier this year. The lectures gave us a really interesting insight into study at the University."

Quentin Bell
Scotch College
KLD class of 2014

"A clear path to follow"

Quentin Bell
Scotch College
KLD class of 2014

"Confidence to achieve anything"

"I really enjoyed the guest lecture by motivational speaker Darren Pereira. He gave me the confidence to make a decision about what I want to do with my life, and how to cope if those plans don’t work out. The KLD program has been an experience I seriously will never forget. It has given me a future pathway that I actually think I will love, and the attitude I need to successfully complete Years 11 and 12."

Renée Bullen
Stawell Secondary College
KLD class of 2014

"Confidence to achieve anything"

Renée Bullen
Stawell Secondary College
KLD class of 2014

"I’m part of something big"

"KLD gave me the opportunity to meet like-minded students who were as excited as I was to tackle university – to embark on a new journey and be a part of something big. When I started my degree I already had a sense of belonging within the university community, and familiarity and confidence with the campus and its facilities, and with staff and fellow students."

Kimberly Pellosis
Frankston High School
KLD class of 2011
Bachelor of Science

"I’m part of something big"

Kimberly Pellosis
Frankston High School
KLD class of 2011
Bachelor of Science

"So much on offer"

"KLD really helped with navigating my way on campus. I met many people who also attended the University of Melbourne through the KLD program, so making friends was easier. Studying at Melbourne means getting a high-quality education while acquiring skills that will help me in the future. There is so much on offer at the University and I am glad that I have the opportunity to try everything out – all while having a good time!"

Keit Loi
Parkdale Secondary College
KLD class of 2011
Bachelor of Biomedicine

"So much on offer"

Keit Loi
Parkdale Secondary College
KLD class of 2011
Bachelor of Biomedicine

"I went on exchange to Scotland "

"KLD offers a generous scholarship to travel overseas, which I used to go to Edinburgh University in Scotland for a one-year exchange program. Having a tight-knit group of friends already established before I entered the University was fantastic. I was also familiar with the campus, which was a great help when trying to find my way to classes!"

Hannah Gould
The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School
KLD class of 2009
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

"I went on exchange to Scotland"

Hannah Gould
The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School
KLD class of 2009
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)