Augustus Short Scholarship

Financial hardship can be a significant barrier for students wishing to attend university.

With the support of an Augustus Short Scholarship, Dr Christopher Smith embarked on his veterinary journey, studying a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) at the University’s Roseworthy Campus in 2013.

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“Growing up in Strathalbyn, I first knew I wanted to become a vet at the age of four or five. It was the animals that initially piqued my interest as a young child; but as I grew it was the people you help through the animals which became the motivating factor,”Chris
Christopher Smith, Augustus Short Scholarship recipient

Dr Christopher Smith, at the SASH veterinary clinic where he is working as an emergency vet

“Because of health issues, my dad was never able to work to his full potential, however, my mum and dad ensured both my brother and I were supported to achieve what we wanted, academically or otherwise.”

“Receiving the Augustus Short Scholarship was truly a lifesaver. It gave a buffer for expenses associated with the degree, such as travel (to the Roseworthy campus and holiday placements), textbooks, workwear and personal protective equipment.

“It also gave me the confidence to explore more adventurous extra-mural placements, including a trip to piggeries and fisheries in Thailand, and a dairy farm in South Australia’s South East, he said. 

“Following graduation, I spent time working in Perth before returning to country South Australia. After three rewarding years in the Riverland I am now proud to be working as an emergency vet at a small animal specialist hospital in Kent Town, which is an essential referral service for South Australian pets.

Dr Christopher Smith

Dr Christopher Smith undertaking a health check on a lion during a University study trip in South Africa

I am so grateful to the donors for their support of the Augustus Short Scholarship. My personal university experience was enriched so valuably by this scholarship which allows young people like me to focus on what we’re at university to do – get a solid education.Chris

Dr Augustus Short was the first Vice Chancellor University of Adelaide and believed that no student should be prevented from pursuing a higher education because of financial hardship. As the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide, Dr Short encouraged the creation of educational and charitable institutions that served the whole community.

We know that some of Australia’s highest-achieving students run the risk of never attending university because they live in rural areas and/or are facing financial barriers. Augustus Short Scholarships offer these students meaningful financial support throughout their undergraduate degree, removing barriers to their participation in higher education.

In naming this scholarship fund, we acknowledge the profound impact Dr Augustus Short had on the University.

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Scholarship opens doors

For Holly Baldock, 2020 Augustus Short Scholarship recipient, being a scientist was always on her “to-be” list. Attending a small regional primary school where science wasn’t a major focus, Holly recalls how she was always interested in science as a child, and how her parents nurtured those interests.

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Ambitious geologist maximises opportunities

Georgie is a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) third-year student and 2020 Augustus Short Scholarship recipient who credits her mother’s strong work ethic for motivating her to pursue her studies and reach her full potential.

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Sights set on becoming science teacher

Kylie knew she wanted to be a high school teacher since Year 12. With the help of the University of Adelaide’s Augustus Short Scholarship, the Bachelor or Teaching (Secondary) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate is well on her way to realising this dream.

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Your gift will continue to make a University of Adelaide education accessible to disadvantaged students. Thank you. 

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You can make a gift online in honour of Dr Augustus Short or by getting in touch with our Advancement team on +61 8 8313 5800 or