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2012 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship Recipients

Louise Thomas
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Sports)

Louise Thomas is from a sheep farm near Manoora in the mid-north of South Australia and has always had a passion for sport and design. She chose a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Sports) at the University of Adelaide to combine these interests and pursue her dream of becoming a sports engineer.

For country students, moving out of home and relocating to the city can add significant pressure to their first year at university. Louise says the Vice-Chancellor's scholarship has eased the transition to tertiary study and will help her succeed at university.

"The scholarship is enabling me to concentrate more on my studies without having to worry so much about the financial side of moving away from home and studying at university," Louise said.

Justin Bannon
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce

Justin Bannon hails from the small town of Low Head on the north coast of Tasmania. He attended Launceston College and enjoyed playing golf and cricket in nearby George Town.

Electing to study a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce double degree at the University of Adelaide, Justin left behind paid employment and free accommodation, presenting some obvious financial challenges for him.

"With the extra money I have been able to settle into a new lifestyle with greater ease and use any spare time effectively without having to work," Justin said.
"The scholarship will ensure that I am well placed to cover basic living costs while completing my studies.

"With my most prominent goal currently being to finish my degree, I have peace of mind in knowing that coping financially won't be an issue," he said.

More than 650 people have given to the University of Adelaide's annual appeals over the last 12 months. 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 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships Appeal, or to make a donation, visit:


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