THE TERRY HENDLE BURSARY – assisting boys to benefit from a Villa education

The Terry Hendle Bursary aims to ensure no boy should miss out on the opportunities and fellowship of a Villanova education due to financial hardship.

The needs-based bursaries provide College tuition fees for students in financial need, who without this assistance would be unable to access a Villanova education.

“For me, Villanova became everything to me. We didn’t have money and sometimes struggled, so going to Villa wasn’t always guaranteed. With the help of the Terry Hendle Bursary Fund, I stayed at Villa and this is a debt I will never be able to fully repay. Through this transformative support, I not only received an education;
I also learnt to be a man. Vincit Veritas.”

Anonymous (Class of 2011) and former Villanova College Foundation Terry Hendle Bursary Fund recipient

You can give the gift of a Villanova education by donating here.

Terry Hendle’s story is significant, as he was the first and currently only known Villanovan serving his country to be killed in action. Terry commenced at Villanova in 1956, moving ‘up the hill’ after a couple of years at St. James. Having left school near the end of Grade 8 in 1960, he started work as an apprentice panel beater and after turning 17 in 1963, Terry subsequently joined the Army. In 1966, as a member of the 6th Battalion RAR Assault Pioneer Platoon, twenty-year-old Terry found himself posted to Nui Dat in South Vietnam. He died when a Viet Cong squad stumbled across the Australians in the darkness of the jungle while trying to return to camp. Aged just 20, he was survived by his wife Michelle and baby daughter Terri-Lyn.

Established in 1994 by the Hendle family, members of the Class of 1964 and the Villanova Old Boys’ Association Inc. (VOBAI), the Terry Hendle Bursary Fund (amalgamated in 2019 as the ‘Villanova College Foundation Terry Hendle Bursary Fund’) has provided over $200,000 of important tuition fee support across 40 families. The bursary recipients would not have had access to Villanova College opportunities without this support and the generosity of donors, kind-hearted Old Boys and the Order of St Augustin.

Bursaries are assessed on financial need. Eligible students are those whose families:

  • desire a Catholic education for their son,
  • meet the standard enrolment criteria of the College, and
  • because of financial hardship would otherwise find it difficult to attend the College.

For further information please contact the Foundation Office.