University welcomes State's best students

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

More than 100 of South Australia's most outstanding students will attend a special presentation ceremony at Bonython Hall tomorrow after winning scholarships to study at the University of Adelaide.

The University has provided up to $1 million to attract the best and brightest students from every area of the State, as well as the Northern Territory, Broken Hill and rural Victoria.

A total of 16 Merit Scholarships and 95 Principals' Scholarships will be awarded, as well as the highly-regarded Andy Thomas Scholarship and four Adelaide Undergraduate Scholarships.

Three international scholarships - the Adelaide Vietnam, the Adelaide Outstanding Achievers International, and the Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration Scholarships - will also be awarded to eight outstanding international students.

Former Loxton High School student Kerry Halupka has won the annual Andy Thomas Scholarship, named after one of the University's most distinguished graduates, NASA astronaut Dr Andrew Thomas. Kerry is enrolled in a double degree, studying for a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering and a Bachelor of Maths and Computer Science.

Fellow South Australians Lucy Arrowsmith (Belair), Ric Porteous (Wattle Park), Daniel Brookes (Eden Hills) and Mieka Webb (Toorak Gardens) have won the prized Adelaide Undergraduate Scholarships.

Winners of this scholarship achieved a TER of 99.95 (excluding all bonuses) and made a significant contribution to their school and wider community.

Both the Andy Thomas and Adelaide Undergraduate Scholarships provide full fee remission for the approved program, plus $5000 a year to help with education and living costs, for up to four years.

The Principals' Scholarships, worth $5000, are awarded to students who have been nominated by their former school principal for outstanding academic merit and for making a significant contribution to their school and wider community.

The Merit Scholarships, worth $10,000, are awarded to students who gained a perfect TER of 99.95, excluding all bonuses.

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha, congratulates the students on their scholarships.

"These students have already revealed their outstanding character and academic ability and we are very pleased they have chosen to study at the University of Adelaide," Professor McWha says. "We are committed to educating high achievers and maintaining a level of excellence at the University."


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