Charles Hawker Scholarship Challenge

Friday, 14 December 2001

The Trustees of Australia's richest privately funded scholarship have issued a challenge to year 12 and undergraduate students to think about what they might contribute to the Australian community - and then apply for a 2002 Hawker Scholarship.

"It's curious at a time when the costs associated with a tertiary education are increasing, we are largely disappointed each year by the number of students applying for a Hawker Scholarship - a scholarship which in most cases provides a fully paid tertiary education" Hawker Scholarship Trustee Mr. Andrew Hawker said.

Since 1991, the Trustees have awarded more than one point one million dollars to twenty-nine young Australians, including several from regional Australia.

"Selection for a Hawker Scholarship is largely based on an interview. We are looking to provide significant financial support for capable, interesting young Australians. We know they are there and we'd like to talk to them about their aspirations and vision for the future," Andrew Hawker said.

Established by Charles Hawker's late sister Lilias Needham, the prestigious Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarship is valued at more than $40,000 over four years and is the most financially generous privately funded scholarship available to year twelve and undergraduate students in Australia.

Describing the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship as 'Australia's Rhodes', South Australian Education Minister Hon. Malcolm Buckby encourages year twelve and undergraduate students to visit the Hawker Scholarship web site to find out more about the remarkable Charles Hawker story and the scholarship named in his memory.

"The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates his achievements as one of Australia's most respected pastoral pioneers," Minister Buckby said.

Hawker Scholars are eligible to attend the Australian National University, University of New England, Adelaide University, Flinders University, University of South Australia, Marcus Oldham Farm Management College and University of Cambridge UK.

Applications for 2002 Hawker Scholarships opened on December 3rd 2001 and close on Friday January 18th 2002.

An application form and further information including profiles of the current scholarship holders are available from the web site or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees on 08 8238 6295.


Contact Details

Andrew Hawker
Mobile: 0418 896 275

Ian Doyle
Mobile: 0417 819 189