Young achievers win nation's biggest scholarships
Two University of Adelaide students have been awarded Australia's most generous privately funded scholarships.
The Charles Hawker Scholarships, valued at up to $60,000 over four years, have been awarded to Callum Deakin and Georgina Spanos to assist with their undergraduate studies at the University.
Callum, formerly of Glenunga International High School, is studying for degrees in Law and Commerce. Georgina, from Renmark High and Pembroke School, is undertaking Development Studies and Law. Both are residents at St Mark's College.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Member for Wannon and Hawker family member, the Hon. David Hawker MP, recently presented the 2009 Hawker Scholarships to seven recipients at a function at Old Parliament House, Canberra.
"The Charles Hawker Scholarship is one of the most important in Australia. I commend the Trustees for the contribution the scholarship has already made and will continue to make to the education of a number of outstanding young Australians," Mr Hawker said.
Since 1991, the Trustees have awarded more than $5 million dollars to 83 young Australians, including a significant number from regional areas. The seven successful candidates for 2009 were awarded a Charles Hawker Scholarship from a strong field of 260 applicants.
"Each of these recipients has already displayed a strong commitment to the ideals upon which the Charles Hawker Scholarship Memorial Trust Fund is founded. They are gifted scholars with inquiring minds and have already contributed to the wider community."
Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability. Applications for the 2010 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on 7 December 2009 and close on 8 January 2010. An application form and further information is available from www.hawkerscholarship.org or by calling +61 8 8127 1654.