This year's Beazley Medal winner, Katerina Chua, is among ten of the State's highest-achieving students who have accepted UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia.
Recipients are selected based on academic excellence and outstanding achievements in at least three of four categories: leadership, community involvement, the arts and sport.
The City Scholarship winners are Katerina Chua from Dalkeith (St Hilda's Girls' School), Chloe Kirk, Secret Harbour (Frederick Irwin Anglican School); Georgie Carey, Mosman Park (Methodist Ladies' College); Simon Swan, Cottesloe (Christ Church Grammar School); Hamish Newman, Cuballing (Hale School); Thomas Coltrona, Floreat (Trinity College); and Christian Long, Rossmoyne (All Saints College).
The three UWA Fogarty Foundation Regional Scholarship winners are Breanna Dixon, Collie (Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School), Hayley Winchcombe (deferred), Dunsborough (Busselton Senior High School) and Katie McAllister (deferred), Lower King (Albany) (Great Southern Grammar School).
UWA Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson said the Fogarty Scholarships were some of the most significant scholarships offered in Australia. The winners represented the State's most valuable resource - intellectual capital.
"The University is grateful for the Fogarty Foundation's ongoing generosity which allows us to continue to provide these important scholarships each year to support and encourage exceptionally talented students," he said.
All Beazley Medal winners since 2007 have accepted a UWA Fogarty Foundation Beazley Medallist Scholarship and have studied at UWA. The 2012 and 2011 WA Rhodes Scholars, David Sherwood and Rachel Paterson, are part of the UWA Fogarty Foundation Alumni.
Dr Annie Fogarty AM, Executive Chair of the Fogarty Foundation, said a major component of the UWA Fogarty Foundation scholarship program was participation in the Leadership Program. It was expected that many of the young recipients would go on to be leaders in their professions, in this State and internationally.
"The Fogarty Foundation aims to support already outstanding students to become future leaders, and for this reason supports the scholars to develop their leadership potential through establishing or contributing to initiatives, activities and projects they're passionate about," Dr Fogarty said.
Successful programs founded or championed by Fogarty scholars in the past have included Profectus, founded by Mark Shelton and Bharath Iyer last year to encourage, mentor and help budding entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground; WASTV, founded last year by Michael Taran and Binu Jayawardena to empower social change through a volunteer-run media network; and Ignite, founded by Sasha Quahe and her sister Ilona in 2011 to provide tutoring and mentoring to students from low socio-economic areas to help them reach their potential.
"The Fogarty Foundation ripple effect ensures that all of the Foundation's programs have benefits that go beyond the immediate and will have lasting positive change in the community," Dr Fogarty said.
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 also receive a substantial contribution toward the cost of their accommodation while they are studying.
There are 54 current UWA Fogarty Scholars and 45 Alumni.
Kathryn Clements (Fogarty Foundation) (+61 8) 6311 7018 / (+61 4) 30 451 859
David Stacey (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716