Golden Jubilee Class Gift

Scholarship Recipient Maria Blackmore

Traditionally, the Golden Jubilee cohort makes a collective gift to the Golden Jubilee Scholarship Fund.

First established by the Class of 1961, the Fund supports Augustus Short Scholarships at the University, and is a meaningful way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of your graduation.

In 2014, Maria Blackmore received an Augustus Short Scholarship to study teaching and arts. Now Maria is giving back to her community as a teacher and Elected Council Member. Maria is testament to the transformative impact that scholarships have on recipients, and the wider community.

“I had a difficult start to life, and a university education seemed out of reach. I was born in rural Victoria, and at 12-years-old I entered the foster care system. Despite life’s challenges, my teachers always saw my value. As I considered the path I wanted to take after school, I thought of the teachers who had influenced my life and dreamt of graduating from university with a teaching degree," she said.

The scholarship helped Maria pay bills and buy textbooks throughout university, and allowed her to be more selective of the types of jobs she undertook. When volunteering or representative opportunities arose, like Youth Parliament, Maria was able to say “yes” to participating because she had the time.

"The scholarship formed the foundation for my career as a teacher and council member. It empowered me to shape my own future and was a wonderful sign that people in the community believed in me".Maria Blackmore

Changing lives through scholarships

The University of Adelaide’s first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short, believed that tertiary education should be accessible to all students of high academic merit, regardless of birth or wealth. Named in his honour and funded through the generous support of donors, Augustus Short Scholarships are available to students of outstanding academic ability who come from rural or remote areas, challenging financial circumstances or another disadvantage. To date, Augustus Short Scholarships have supported 56 students through their degrees.

Our aim is to offer sustainable support to students in need. $125,000 over the next five years will underwrite a specially named Jubilee Augustus Short Scholarship, in perpetuity, as a commemoration of this annual event. With your contribution to the Class Gift of 1970 and 1971, we can reach this year’s target of $25,000. After a generous gift of $10,000 from Siew Cher Mok (BE (Chem) (Hons) 1970), we are already on the path to making this goal a reality.

Your gift will impact the lives of students at the University for decades to come.

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