Eleven of the State's highest-achieving students have accepted UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia.
This year’s Scholarship winners are Luke Barber, Kardinya (All Saints College); Isobel Cole, Swanbourne(Presbyterian Ladies’ College); James Dingley Watermans Bay (Hale School); Elizabeth Knight, Maida Vale (Perth Modern School); Tannith Lilford, Claremont (Methodist Ladies’ College); Haseeb Riaz, Wembley (Hale School); Connor Jenkins, Wembley Downs (John XXIII College) and Celeste Kalnenas, Cottesloe (St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls); Oliver Sanderson, Kalannie (Hale School) and Jane Pankhurst, Sawyers Valley (Perth Modern School) and, this year's Beazley Medallist, Caitlin Revell, Churchlands (Perth Modern School).
The UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships offer the State's brightest and most committed students a generous scholarship for the entirety of their undergraduate degree, including honours, and a further contribution towards their postgraduate studies.
These comprehensive scholarships include a tailored leadership program for the scholar’s entire university degree that focuses on developing transformative leadership skills.
Recipients are selected based on academic excellence and outstanding achievements in at least three of five categories (leadership, life skills, community involvement, the arts and sport). They must also demonstrate the seven competencies of a UWA Fogarty Scholar, including showing resilience, integrity and initiative.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater 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 winners are academic high achievers with the desire, motivation and ability to positively transform our community,” Professor Freshwater said.
“Soon they will be immersed in an environment that will allow them to realise their ambitions.”
Successful programs founded or championed by Fogarty Scholars in the past have included Bloom, founded by Mark Shelton and Bharath Iyer to encourage, mentor and help budding entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground; WASTV, founded by Michael Taran and Binu Jayawardena to empower social change through a volunteer-run media network; 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; and Teach Learn Grow, founded by an Alumni Scholar, Dave Sherwood, to provide free tutoring to rural and Indigenous Australians.
Annie Fogarty AM, Executive Chair of the Fogarty Foundation, said the aim of the UWA Fogarty Foundation scholarship program was to strengthen the community by investing in exceptional young people.
“We need leaders who will positively transform our community,” Mrs Fogarty said.
“By creating these opportunities, they are gaining knowledge and experience and the belief that they have the ability and skills to take the lead and make change happen.”
Caption: Back row (L-R) Haseeb Riaz, Caitlin Revell, Luke Barber, Oliver Sanderson, Connor Jenkins, Tannith Lilford Front row (L-R) Elizabeth Knight, Jane Pankhurst, Isobel Cole, Celeste Kalnenas, James Dingley
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229/ (+61 4) 32 637 716