Many of the State's top students were presented with scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia during a ceremony at Winthrop Hall last weekend.
The annual UWA Fogarty Foundation Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships recognise more than 160 students from around the State.
The 2009 Beazley Medallist, Churchlands Senior High School student Hayley Anderson, also received the UWA Fogarty Foundation Beazley Medallist Scholarship, which includes payment of HECS course fees (including an Honours year) and $1,000 per year.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the awards and scholarships recognised Western Australian students who had gone one step further in their quest for excellence, as well as the families that had supported them.
"Our scholarship winners represent the State's most valuable resource. They are our future and we are delighted they have chosen to study at The University of Western Australia," Professor Robson said.
"Our University could not have become the powerhouse of knowledge that it is today without the involvement of far-sighted individuals, such as Brett and Annie Fogarty. Thanks to them, our winners of the Fogarty Foundation Scholarships now have the opportunity to study at one of the finest universities in Australia."
The centrepiece of the scholarship program is the UWA Excellence Awards, providing guaranteed entry to the University for the best and brightest UWA-bound student from each of the State's senior secondary schools.
This year's scholarships included students from high schools involved in Aspire UWA, which encourages high school students from traditionally under-represented communities to enrol at UWA. Two Humanitarian Excellence Awards were also presented this year for the first time to recipients who arrived in Australian on a humanitarian visa.
The University awarded five Group of Eight Scholarships, offered by a coalition of Australia's leading research universities including UWA, to provide greater opportunities for leading students from diverse backgrounds.
Diversity and Merit Awards, which provide financial support for academically excellent students from diverse social and economic backgrounds, were presented to 19 students.
Also awarded were seven Vice-Chancellor's Awards of Distinction, for students who excelled academically and across a range of activities including leadership, public speaking, sport, music and service to others.
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716