Donald Alexander AM (B E (Civil) 1951), who died in 2015, was a leader in water engineering in South Australia for four decades. He led the Engineering and Water Supply Department; served as the Murray Darling Basin Commissioner; worked as Director of the Lands Department; and Chaired the State Capital Works Committee. Don had a strong belief that education had the power to solve society’s problems.
In a relationship which has spanned nearly six decades, funding from the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation (NRF) has been instrumental to the University delivering significant research findings and improving health outcomes and quality of life for thousands of people.
Each year the cost of required textbooks can be prohibitive for students experiencing financial hardship.
In 1994, Alastair McEwin AM graduated from the University of Adelaide, deeply grateful for the support he’d received through the Sir Charles Bright Scholarship. Now, having risen to the position of Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, he’s giving others with a disability the same opportunity to ‘fly’.
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.
Receiving an Augustus Short Scholarship in 2012 to study a Bachelor of Science (Molecular & Drug Design), Aimee Horsfall from Loxton South Australia, is today absorbed in research that could lead to changes in cancer treatments.
Louise Thomas received an Augustus Short Scholarship in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Sports). Today, Louise is the cofounder and mechatronics engineer at Tensorfield Agriculture, based in California.