$2.9 million to help students through University of Adelaide

Friday, 6 May 2016

The University of Adelaide will help 286 new first-year students through University with $2.9 million in scholarships in support of their education and living expenses.

In a special ceremony in Bonython Hall today, University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Warren Bebbington will present a range of scholarships for the best and brightest students from across the state (and in rural Victoria, Northern Territory and Broken Hill).

The scholarships aim to attract and retain the brightest students, and ensure all students with the ability to succeed at university have the opportunity to pursue higher education, despite any financial or other disadvantage.

“Our scholarships program is fundamental to the University’s vision. We want to ensure the very best students stay in South Australia, and to support rural and disadvantaged students of ability to study with us," says Professor Bebbington.

Among the scholarships recipients today is Alexandra Schutz, who has been awarded the prestigious Andy Thomas Scholarship, offered each year to an outstanding student starting aerospace, mechanical or mechatronic engineering. This provides $6000 a year plus the student’s Commonwealth contribution for up to four years.

Alexandra, 17 from Upper Hermitage, went to Pedare Christian College in Golden Grove where she achieved an ATAR of 99.90. At the University of Adelaide she is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic) with a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.

Kenneth Jacks is one of 11 Augustus Short Scholarship recipients, a scholarship for students of high academic merit and from rural or remote communities or other disadvantage.

Kenneth, 17, went to Salisbury East High School, where he achieved an ATAR of 98.25 and topped the school in Physics, Specialist Mathematics and Maths Studies, as well as winning the School’s STEM Award (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). He is now undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide and hopes one day to be an astrophysicist.

“Winning the Augustus Short scholarship means a reduced financial burden on my parents, and it will take the pressure off me needing to work rather than focusing on my studies,” Kenneth says.

Also being presented today are Adelaide Undergraduate Scholarships for all students achieving an ATAR of 99.95 (with no bonuses); the University of Adelaide Principals’ Scholarships nominated by School Principals for outstanding academic merit and contribution to the school and community; and Adelaide International Undergraduate Scholarships for international students with outstanding academic merit.

Another 147 students have been awarded Adelaide Access Scholarships for students from rural or remote communities or other disadvantage. They receive $2500 a year for up to four years.


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