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Meet the 2016 Augustus Short Scholarship recipients

University of Adelaide pioneer Dr Augustus Short believed that tertiary education should be accessible to all students of high academic merit, regardless of birth or wealth.

Thanks to the generous support of donors, 11 Augustus Short scholarships have been awarded in 2016 to students of high academic merit who come from rural or remote areas, challenging financial circumstances or another disadvantage.

Meet three of our deserving 2016 recipients Maithili, Kylie and Kenneth who are in their first year of study with us.


Maithili Mishra, studying a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Health Sciences

Maithili Mishra is in her first year of a double degree in Law and Health Sciences after winning two scholarships. “I have an interest in social justice issues and human rights, and at the same time I’ve always loved biology at school and lots of other sciences,” says Maithili. “That’s why I chose to study both law and health sciences, it was the perfect way to intertwine the two.” Maithili lives with her mother and sister and, as a family on a single income, says the scholarships will be a big help financially. In addition to participating in volunteering, Maithili has two casual jobs. “I’m still going to keep those jobs, but I can now prioritise my study because I have the financial support I need,” she says.


Kylie Do, studying Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Science

Kylie Do has a love of science which she wants to pass on to others – which is why she chose to complete a double Bachelor of Teaching and Science degree. She excelled at science in her final year at Mary MacKillop College where she was dux in chemistry, biology and physics and overall dux of the school. The Augustus Short Scholarship will help ease the financial pressure so that Kylie can concentrate on her studies. “Financially, it’s a huge relief. My dad told me that he didn’t have anything to give me but my education, and that’s helped me to push hard throughout my school years to really achieve what I wanted.”

Kenneth and family

Kenneth Jacks, studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced),
majoring in physics

Kenneth Jacks’ passion for science and a strong work ethic saw him excel in his studies at Salisbury East High School. In addition to achieving an ATAR of 98.25, he was dux of the school in specialist mathematics, physics and maths studies and also won its science, technology, engineering and mathematics award. His academic achievements were recognised with both an Augustus Short Scholarship and also a University Principal’s Scholarship, awarded for high academic achievement and contribution to the school and community. “With two other brothers to support, winning these scholarships means a very welcome reduced financial burden on my parents,” he says.

Give to 2016 appeal 

Find out about the 2016 University of Adelaide Appeal.

Read about the 2015 scholarship recipients.

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