Two more Hawker Scholars for Adelaide
Friday, 26 April 2002
Two of the five Charles Hawker Scholars for 2002 are students at the University of Adelaide and residents at St Mark's College, Min Guo and Kate Seward.
Along with their fellow winners (Wayne Harley, Danny Cregan and Sam Pincott),Min and Kate were recently presented with their scholarship certificates at a function held in the historic Senior Common Room of St Mark's College in Adelaide.
MIN GUO completed his International Baccalaureate Diploma at Glenunga International High School in Adelaide last year with a Tertiary Entrance Rank of 99.95. Min is the first Australian of Vietnamese heritage to be awarded a Hawker Scholarship. His parents escaped from war-torn Vietnam by boat in the 1970s.
KATE SEWARD graduated from Geelong College in 2000. Kate was awarded a number of academic prizes and the inaugural Morrison Prize for 'Outstanding Ability and Overall Service to the College'. Kate's tertiary entrance score at the completion of her secondary studies was 98.45.
Min Guo is studying Engineering and Law and Kate Seward is enrolled in a Bachelor of International Studies degree, both at the University of Adelaide.
The five successful candidates were awarded a Charles Hawker Scholarship from a strong field of 170 applicants from around Australia.
Described as "Australia's Rhodes", the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia's most respected pastoral pioneers.
Established by Hawker's sister Lilias Needham, the prestigious scholarship, valued at up to $60,000 over four years, is the most generous privately funded scholarship available to year 12 and undergraduate students in Australia.
Since 1991, the Trustees have awarded more than $1.5 million to 35 young Australians, including a significant number from regional areas.
Born on May 16, 1894 at Bungaree homestead near Clare in South Australia, Charles Hawker was educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Postgraduate Hawker Scholars are offered the opportunity to follow in Hawker's footsteps by enrolling at Trinity College and studying at Cambridge.
Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of other educational institutions in addition to the ANU and Cambridge. These include Adelaide, Flinders, South Australian and New England universities and the Marcus Oldham Farm Management College.
Selection is based on personal qualities and experience as well as academic ability.
"C.A.S. Hawker was truly a remarkable man and a great Australian. This scholarship is a fitting tribute to his memory and each of these five scholars is a very worthy recipient," said Mr Andrew Hawker, Scholarship Trustee and Hawker family member.
Hawker Scholar and Federal Member for Ryan (Qld) the Hon. Michael Johnson MP officially presented the students with their Charles Hawker Scholarships at a function attended by a wide cross section of the Australian education sector.
Mr Johnson was awarded a Hawker Scholarship in 1996 and studied for his Master of Philosophy Degree at Cambridge University in the UK from 1996 to 1998. He was elected to Federal Parliament in 2001.
Mr Johnson encouraged year 12 and undergraduate students to visit the Hawker Scholarship website to find out more about Charles Hawker and the scholarship named in his memory.
"The Hawker Scholarship is one of the most important in Australia. I commend the Trustees for the contribution the scholarship has already made and will continue to make to education of a number of outstanding young Australians," Mr Johnson said.
There are a number of fully and partly funded scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to academically capable students of principle and character, who are committed to Australia's future.
"Each of these recipients has already displayed a strong commitment to the ideals upon which the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is founded. They are gifted scholars, have inquiring minds and through their efforts have already contributed to the wider community," Mr Johnson said.
Applications for the 2003 Hawker Scholarships open on Monday, December 2, 2002 and close on Friday, January 17, 2003.
An application form and further information are available from the website: www.hawkerscholarship.org