Ten of the State's highest achieving students have accepted UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia.
This year's Beazley Medallist, Calum Braham from Mount Lawley (Trinity College), was one of the seven winners of the UWA Fogarty Foundation City Scholarships.
Other City Scholarship winners are Thisuri Jayawardena, Woodlands (St Marys Anglican Girls School), Elizabeth Weeda, West Leederville (St Mary's Anglican Girls School), Jasmin Sekhon, Dalkeith (Shenton College), Mark Shelton, Bateman (All Saints College), Thomas Durkin, Dianella (Trinity College) and Rachael van der Moezel, Scarborough (Santa Maria College).
The three UWA Fogarty Foundation Regional Scholarship winners are Karen Bromley (Bunbury SHS), Simon Thuijs (Nagle Catholic College, Geraldton) and Indyana Chambers Galloway (Geraldton Grammar School).
The UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships offer the State's brightest and most committed students a full scholarship for the entirety of their undergraduate degree, including honours. Regional scholars are also covered for the full cost of their accommodation while they are studying. These are some of the most significant scholarships offered in Australia.
UWA Acting Vice-Chancellor Bill Louden said the scholarships recognised WA students who were committed to the pursuit of excellence, and the families that supported them.
"Our scholarship winners represent the State's most valuable resource - intellectual capital. These students are our future and we are delighted they have chosen to study at The University of Western Australia," Professor Louden said.
Annie Fogarty, executive chair of the Fogarty Foundation, said one of the main aims of the scholarship program was to address the challenge that many of the brightest students were being offered scholarships to study at universities in other capital cities, predominantly Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Only one Beazley Medallist has chosen to study interstate since the inception of these scholarships. All the others have accepted a UWA Fogarty Foundation Beazley Medallist Scholarship and are studying at UWA.
Mrs Fogarty said a major component of the UWA Fogarty Foundation scholarship program was the Leadership Program and it was expected that many of the young recipients would go on to be leaders in their professions and in this state.
"Many of these young people - as well as achieving high academic success - are also representing Australia in national sporting teams, working with the United Nations, being representatives at CHOGM, The Australian American Youth Leadership Dialogue, Tony Blair's Global Interfaith Initiative and in many other activities," Mrs Fogarty said.
"With the cohort of 10 new Scholars for 2012 there are now 60 UWA Fogarty Scholars and 20 Alumni. They are an outstanding group of young people who will contribute great wealth of knowledge and commitment to WA."
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716