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Provans Timber annual scholarships for timber trades


The families behind Melbourne institution Provans Timber and Hardware have announced the donation of an annual award and scholarships to give back to the city’s trade industry which has long supported them. Source: Timberbiz

Coinciding with the COVID-19 recovery economy, the business has partnered with Melbourne Polytechnic to provide three individual scholarships with a value of nearly $6000.

The first award and scholarships will be granted in 2021, highlighting the importance of trades to Melbourne and encouraging prospective students to undertake courses such as carpentry, joinery and cabinet making at the TAFE.

The Provan family initiated the idea in memory of their family ancestor, David Provan, a founding member of the committee of the Collingwood Technical School, now known as Melbourne Polytechnic.

After recognising the need for a technical school to train young people in the trades required in the timber and building industries, David was involved from its beginnings in 1912, and continued to be involved until his death in 1931. The students of the Collingwood Technical School formed a guard of honour outside the school for his funeral cortege.

Applications for 2021 scholarships have opened, with annual award applications set to open in 2021. Up to three scholarships and an award will be available to a select criteria of current and prospective students on an annual basis:

  1. The Provan and Rosenberg Families, Provans Timber and Hardware, Annual Scholarships (for Carpentry, Joinery and/or Cabinet Making). Up to three scholarships, each amounting to $1815 per year to cover tuition
  2. David Provan & Sons Annual Award for Carpentry, Joinery and Cabinet Making – $500 cash, plus $500 voucher for tools of the trade.

The David Provan awards and scholarships will commence in 2021.

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