2010 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Recipients
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of SurgeryFirst-year medical student Kathryn Grocke grew up on her family's fourth-generation farm north of Adelaide and attended Faith Lutheran School in Tanunda.
She described her Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship as a huge support during her first year at university.
"Relocating to the city is a big move for most country students and having the backing of a VC's Scholarship has made the experience much less daunting," she said.
"It has enabled me to settle into university and focus on my studies by removing some of the worry about financing accommodation, textbooks, lab coats and stethoscopes."
Kathryn is keen to return to a rural community to practise medicine after completing her degree.
"To me, studying medicine offers the right balance of head and heart − it has both the intricacies of science and the opportunity to work compassionately with people and improve their quality of life," she said.
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) and Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer SciencesPeter Pham is studying for a double degree in Mechatronic Engineering, and Maths and Computer Science at the University of Adelaide.
The former Christian Brothers College student hopes to pursue a career working with robots and has no doubts that the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship has given his university studies - and career - a significant boost.
"Receiving the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship has had a great impact on my life," Peter said.
"It is nice to not have to worry about university fees, and my parents are also very proud and thankful."
Peter is from a non-English speaking family, with both his parents caring full-time for his ill sister.
"This scholarship has helped me and my family immensely, and we are sincerely thankful for the generosity shown to us through the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship Appeal," he said.
Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships are valued at $5000 per year for the program of study. Recipients are selected on academic merit and financial need, with at least one scholarship each year awarded to a student from a rural or remote area.
More than 650 people have given to the University of Adelaide's annual appeals over the last 12 months. If you were among these generous donors, please take a moment to look for your name on our acknowledgement web page at www.alumni.adelaide.edu.au/donors
To find out more about the 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Appeal, or to make a donation, visit: www.alumni.adelaide.edu.au/vcs_appeal