Augustus Short Scholarship Appeal

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

Dr Kathryn Grocke received an Augustus Short Scholarship in 2010 to study a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), and is testament to the life-changing impact the scholarship has on students in need.

This year, Kathryn was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is now undertaking a year of advanced rural training in anaesthetics at Alice Springs Hospital.

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“I'm so grateful to all Augustus Short Scholarship donors, not just for the support I personally received, and the unbelievable career and life that it has supported in the last decade, but for all students whose lives and careers have been transformed as a result of the scholarship program.” 

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Receiving this scholarship transformed my experience as a student and the trajectory of my life and career as a doctor. Kathryn Grocke, 2010 recipient of the Augustus Short Scholarship; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
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“With younger, adventurous, and sometimes accident-prone brothers, I remember spending a lot of time at the local emergency department and clinic, seeing sutures in skin, casts on broken bones and dressings to burns, bumps and bruises. These early experiences of community-based care from local GPs and nurses sparked my interest in caring for the injured and sick in rural communities.

Although I loved studying and worked hard at school, medicine seemed unattainable – I never thought I would pass the trio of school marks, an entry exam and an interview in the city. I applied anyway and couldn’t believe it when I received an offer to study at the University of Adelaide.

At the time of receiving this exciting offer, however, successive years of drought and adverse weather conditions had significant negative effects on the farm and my family’s income and health, and I needed to take a year off between high school and university to work and save money.

During that gap year, between seasonal work and my two casual jobs, I worked and reworked spreadsheets and calculations, planning how I was going to support myself financially to relocate to Adelaide and fund six years of medical study.

Mum and I both shed tears of joy and relief upon learning that my move to the city and medical studies would be made possible through the Augustus Short Scholarship.”


2020 ASA Appeal Kathryn in field with haystack  background
This scholarship allowed me to concentrate on my studies without the additional stress of juggling multiple casual jobs, unexpected bills or unstable accommodation arrangements. It meant I could focus on the important things.Kathryn Grocke

"The scholarship went towards my accommodation at a residential college. This gave me an Adelaide home with like-minded students, mostly from country areas, many also first in their family to study at university. Here I also found work as a residential and academic tutor which helped cover extra expenses.

By making your gift before the end of the financial year, the University can plan ahead for the next round of scholarship applications. This year, there were 84 applications for an Augustus Short Scholarship and only three were awarded. Your gift will help bridge this gap.”

Dr Augustus Short founded the University of Adelaide, and believed that no student should be prevented from pursuing a higher education because of financial hardship.

We know that some of Australia’s highest-achieving students run the risk of never making it to university because they live in rural areas and 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.

“Unfortunately, every year a lot of deserving students in need of assistance miss out on a scholarship. Please consider making a gift to the Augustus Short Appeal to ensure more South Australian students experiencing financial hardship, have the opportunity to go to university; to pursue their dreams and provide a valuable contribution in our community.”Dr Kathryn Grocke

More Augustus Short Scholarship recipients

Inspired to teach

Despite a difficult childhood, Maria finished Dux of her school in 2013. Inspired by the positive impact her teachers had on her life and studies, she pursued a career in teaching, receiving an Augustus Short Scholarship in 2014. Today, Maria is an English and Humanities teacher at her old high school and a Council member for the City of Salisbury.

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SA vet motivated to help

In 2013, Dr Christopher Smith embarked on his veterinary journey, studying a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) at the University’s Roseworthy Campus. He completed an internship at a specialist hospital in Perth in 2019, and today works as a vet in regional South Australia.

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Local doctor comes full circle

In 2006, Dr Vanessa Hughes received an Augustus Short Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Today she holds positions as both a General Practitioner and as a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Medical School.

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Make a gift today

In 2020, there were 84 Augustus Short Scholarship applications, but only three could be awarded. 
Your gift will have a direct impact on disadvantaged students across the state for years to come. 

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