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09 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Recipients:

Minh Bui
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance)

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance) student Minh Bui is gaining the full University of Adelaide experience.

Minh has chosen to pursue a career in law due to a desire to uphold justice. He has also acquired a special interest in politics and finance.

Minh chose to study at Adelaide for a variety of reasons.

"Other than it being one of the prestigious Group of Eight Universities, I chose it for its great reputation, fantastic study facilities, experienced and enthusiastic educators and highly recognised law and commerce degrees," Minh said.

"I have enjoyed being able to develop strong networks of friends, attending social events, participating in competitions and gaining valuable knowledge from the stimulating law and commerce programs."

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship has helped Minh to devote more time to his studies and extra-curricular activities, like student politics and volunteer work, without the financial pressure of supporting himself.

Jie Gao
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Design

As a young girl growing up in Mount Gambier, Jie Gao always knew that design was something she would pursue, but it wasn't until she visited a course information night that she also discovered the great benefits of a law degree.

"I realised that a law degree could show me how to view problems from a different perspective and find new ways of solving them," Jie said.

Leaving her family home and relocating to Adelaide would have been a real struggle without the financial assistance of the Vice- Chancellor's Scholarship.

"Although I chose Adelaide because of the convenience and affordability, living costs are still quite high."

Jie, who is studying a double degree in Law and Design, is enjoying her experience at the University of Adelaide and likes the way university "allows you to discover yourself".

Jie's positive approach is a testament to some wise words from her father who told her that "her education is in her hands. It doesn't matter if you attend the most prestigious school, it's about how you apply yourself and having the right attitude".

More than 650 people have given to the University of Adelaide's annual appeals over the last 12 months, supporting Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship recipients and raising funds for the University of Adelaide's Barr Smith Library. If you were among these generous donors, please take a moment to look for your name on our acknowledgement web page at

To find out more about the 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Appeal, or to make a donation, please contact Development and Alumni on (08) 8303 5800, visit: vcs_appeal


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