Hawker scholars' double success
University of Adelaide students continue to prove their outstanding abilities with two receiving prestigious Charles Hawker scholarships for 2005.
Both students are residents at St Mark's College and studying for double degrees at Adelaide. Kate McFarlane is studying for a Bachelor of International Studies and Law, while Jeffrey Duncan is studying for a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering/Economics.
They will receive up to $60,000 each over four years from one of the most generous privately funded scholarships in Australia. The scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia's most respected pastoral pioneers.
Kate grew up in regional Victoria and was educated at Ballarat Grammar. She has a keen interest in current affairs, politics, and social issues, as well as a strong understanding of Australia's place in the world.
"My parents nurtured a strong sense of social awareness and instilled in me an understanding of my responsibilities to the community," Kate said.
The young student's social conscience is manifested in her involvement with the Ballarat Refugee Support Network and A Just Australia, and her initiation of a letter-writing program between Grade Six students and children detained on Nauru.
"My goal is to pursue a career involving community issues and social justice in Australia or overseas," Kate said.
Jeffrey was educated at the Coomealla High School in New South Wales and grew up on his family's sheep station.
"As a result of my work on the family property, I now understand and appreciate the extent to which regional and rural Australia can benefit from the work of engineers," Jeffrey said.
A brilliant student and an accomplished sportsman, Jeffrey was one of 40 students in New South Wales to be awarded the Minister's Award for Excellence in Student Achievement.
"My career goal is to make a major contribution by developing functional, well-designed and well-constructed products to benefit rural Australia," Jeffrey said.
Presenting the scholarship certificates to Kate and Jeffrey, the Hon. David Hawker MP said they are awarded to academically capable students of principle and character who are committed to Australia's future.
"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," he said.
"Each of these recipients has already displayed a strong commitment to the ideals upon which the Charles Hawker Scholarship is founded. They are gifted scholars with inquiring minds and have already contributed to the wider community."