THE ENDURING GIFT OF A VILLANOVA EDUCATION The ‘Villanova College Foundation Terry Hendle Bursary Fund’ represents Villanova’s flagship bursary support fund. A managed trust, the Fund supports the educational aspirations of young men from within the Villanova College community, who are in severe need of tuition fee support.
“For some, Villanova is just our local college. For me, it’s so much more and 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 ’11) and former Villanova College Foundation Terry Hendle Bursary Fund recipient
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 tuition fee support across 40 families. Many of those boys wouldn’t have had access to a Villanova education without this support and the generosity of donors, including the Order of St Augustine and hundreds of kind-hearted Old Boys. Eligible students are those whose families desire a Catholic education for their son, meet the standard enrolment criteria of the College, and who because of financial limitations, would otherwise find it difficult to attend the College. For further information please contact the Finance Office.
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.
Whether a fellow Villanovan arrives from afar or closer to home, the Villanova College family has always extended the Augustinian values of ‘Friendship’ and ‘Community’ with a dedication to the ‘Common Good’. Through the power of collective giving, we will be able to assist more young men experiencing severe financial hardship to achieve their goals. Together, we can unlock their aspirations and the potential of a lifetime.