Mr Vam Deo (Vic) Dhar
Mr Vam Deo (Vic) Dhar (1931-2007) was born in India and undertook his BAgrSc (1954) and MAgrSc (1955) at the University of Melbourne. He left funds for the establishment of a scholarship to support international students studying agriculture.
Bertalli Family Foundation
Available through the generosity of the Bertalli Family Foundation.
Elouise Zara Rothfield
Established by the late Elouise Zara Rothfield, the scholarship was named in memory of the donors late husband, Dr Neville Rothfield MBBS (1946), who also taught in the department of Radiology at the University.
Royal Daniel Phillips
Donated by the late Royal Daniel Phillips, who was a corporal in the Light Horse Regiment in WW1.
Dr Charles Hugh Johnston
The late Mrs Eugenie Johnston BA (1938) bequeathed this scholarship to commemorate her late husband, Dr Charles Hugh Johnston MBBS (1937).
William Schuster and Norma Schuster
Donated by the late William Schuster and Norma Schuster were husband and wife. Mrs Schuster was employed from 1946 to 1973 as a bacteriologist and biochemist in the Veterinary Research Institute.
The City of Melbourne held an appeal to fund this scholarship in memory of Lady Huntingfield, wife of the Fifth Baron Huntingfield, Governor of Victoria from 1934 to 1939, who had great interest in work for women and children.
Fulbright Scholarship Program
The Fulbright Scholarship Program was established in Australia in 1949 as an initiative of the US Senator J. William Fulbright, through a binational treaty between the Australian and United States Governments.
The program provides unique opportunities for Australians to build long term research collaboration and linkages with U.S. universities.
Fulbright Scholarships are awarded by the Australian American Fulbright Commission. The mission of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission is to promote mutual understanding through Education, teaching and training and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States.
Ms Aileen Sinclair was a much loved member of staff at the Melbourne School of Engineering. The Aileen Sinclair Memorial Scholarship is intended to continue the support Aileen gave to the students during her time at the University and is available to students enrolled in the Masters of Engineering who are experiencing difficult circumstances.
Allan and Janet Reid
Allan and Janet Reid of the Reid Malley Foundation have generously established the Allan Reid Scholarship in perpetuity, rewarding exceptional students undertaking the Master of Engineering. Their commitment to engineering education will support and inspire passionate future engineers to reach their potential.
Frederic Archer Kernot
Frederic Archer Kernot played a key role in the transition of dentistry from a trade to a profession. He was involved in the establishment of the original Dental Hospital in Melbourne and served on both the Dental Board of Victoria and the Council of the Australian College of Dentistry. He maintained a keen interest in mechanics throughout his life and was also the brother of the first Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, William Charles Kernot.
Established through funds donated in 1907 by Mrs Edith Lansell in commemoration of her late husband, George Lansell.
George migrated to Australia from England in 1853 and established a candle and soap manufacturing business before becoming a mining entrepreneur, where he was largely responsible for introducing the diamond drill to quartz mining in Australia. George was famous in the Victorian town of Bendigo for his tireless efforts to maintain the mining industry and for creating a fund to support the widows and children of men who lost their lives in the Bendigo mines.
Thomas Ewing completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1890 followed by a Master of Civil Engineering in 1893, both at the University of Melbourne. Thomas Ewing practised as a civil engineer and surveyor and passed away in 1940.
John Eyres Balfour, who completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at the University of Melbourne in 1937. He later became an Engineer Sub-Lieutenant of the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve and was lost at sea in 1943 during the Second World War.
The John Balfour Memorial Scholarship was established by his parents, Lewis John Balfour and Ella Nerrina Balfour, as well as Phyllis Eyres Read and Beverley Eyres Balfour.
Established by Mrs Edward Bage in memory of her son Edward Frederick Robert Bage, BCE, Lt Royal Australian Engineers, Captain, 3rd Field Company Engineers First Division AIF, who was killed at Gallipoli on 7 May 1915.
A respected member of the school's community, Emeritus Professor Leonard Stevens AM, played a crucial role in the changing face of Australia's infrastructure over the past 60 years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1950, Professor Stevens went on to serve as a staff member, Head of Department and as Dean of Engineering for nearly a decade throughout the 1970-1980s. Due to the financial support he received throughout his academic career, Professor Stevens has strongly championed the creation of scholarship opportunities for others.
The Len Stevens Scholarship was established in perpetuity through an Appeal celebrating 150 years of engineering education at the University of Melbourne in 2011, thanks to the generosity of the MSE Foundation and the School's community of alumni and donors.
Christine Kenworthy established the David Kenworthy Memorial Scholarship in memory of her husband, David, who completed a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in 1970 and a Master of Engineering Science in 1974 at the University of Melbourne.
Bob and Helen Paterson
Bob Paterson and his wife Helen established this shcolarship in 2007. Bob completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of Melbourne in 1949 and went on to have a successful career in engineering that enabled him to travel and work all around the world.The Paterson family have maintained a strong relationship with the University and endeavoured to give back something in return for their professional and personal successes and good fortune.
"Helen and I were encouraged to establish a scholarship program after the experience of a distant relative who received financial support to complete his studies as an adult. He was able to achieve his dream of becoming an engineer. It highlighted to us that there are many students who have the potential to be talented engineers but lack the financial resources and/or family support to continue their education. We hope that through this scholarship we can help some of those students fulfil their potential."
The Jack Wynhoven Scholarship was established in perpetuity through a generous commitment from Dr Jack Wynhoven AM and his family, reflecting their passion for education and engineering.
Mr Kenneth Myers was a banker and financier and who had strong friendships within the Engineering community.
The Kenneth Myers memorial scholarship has been made possible through the generous donations of friends, family and associates of Mr Myers.
This scholarship has been established by Mr Peter Lloyd of Setec Pty Ltd, an Australian owned and operated business manufacturing innovative power solutions for a wide range of industries. Peter had a lifelong ambition to become an electrical engineer and fulfilled this goal working for a number of organisations, including the CSIRO, before setting up his own business that continues to be a success today.
CitiPower and Powercor Australia
CitiPower and Powercor Australia are electricity distributors that supply power to more than one million Victorians through two of the most reliable electricity distribution systems in Australia. CitiPower and Powercor value gender diversity and aim to encourage more female electrical engineers to enter the ever changing power industry.
Made possible through a donation from Glynda Andrews who wishes to honour and memorialise her daughter, Nicola Andrews. Nicola was an alumna and student of the University, having completed a Bachelor of Production (2010) and Bachelor of Science (2015).
Nicola was a talented and well-known lighting designer before discovering a passion for biomedical engineering which was partially inspired by the deaths of both her father and brother to cancer. She was particularly interested in the intersection of biology, medicine and engineering and hoped to use her passion to make significant contributions to the field of Biomedical Engineering.
Nicola was enrolled to continue with a Master of Engineering (Biomedical) before she died in a mountaineering accident in New Zealand in December 2015.
Professor Richard Lovell
Emeritus Professor Richard Lovell OA, MD, MSc, FRCP, FRACP, FACP (Hon.) was born in 1918 and was appointed the first professor of Medicine at the University in 1955. He was a pioneer in many areas of academic medicine in Australia, particularly in clinical epidemiology, and retired from the University in 1983. The professor made a substantial contribution to the work of both the AntiCancer Council of Victoria and its successor from the 1980s to 1997. He had a pivotal role in the development of human research ethics in Australia and was the inaugural chair of the Medical Research Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He died in 2000.
Eugenie La Gerche
Eugenie La Gerche graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne in the 1930s. She subsequently edited Farrago, and later took up watercolour painting with a focus on birds and flowers, exhibiting in the Atheneum Gallery in 1957. The Eugenie La Gerche Scholarship aims to assist deserving Art History students, notably those experiencing financial hardship. Mrs La Gerche was also a benefactor to the Faculty of Science and with her husband, founded the Hugh and Eugenie Johnston Scholarship for medical students.
The Faculty of Arts 110 Scholarship Fund
Established in 2013 to commemorate 110 years of the Faculty, the Faculty of Arts 110 Scholarship Fund aims to ensure that an Arts degree continues to be accessible to all students, no matter their background.
The Faculty wants as many students as possible to have access to a high quality Arts education at the University, and to nurture a new generation of thinkers and leaders through the Faculty of Arts.
It is for this very reason that the Faculty of Arts 110 Scholarship Fund supports those students who have demonstrated the skill and creative acumen to excel, but who are hampered by circumstances beyond their control.
As one of the Faculty's flagship priorities, over 200 friends and alumni of the Faculty give to the 110 Fund. This commitment increases access and equity and assists students who may struggle to find the means to come to the University.
The Faculty of Arts 110 Scholarship Fund provides support for undergraduates and graduates who struggle financially, have relocated from rural areas and/or are Indigenous Australians.
Professor Robyn Sloggett AM and friends and family of Willem Snoek
The Willem Snoek Conservation Fund was established to honour the life and work of Willem Snoek. The purpose of the fund is to support student activities at the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation in the field of heritage conservation. Several donors have contributed to the fund, including lead gifts from Mr Robert Cripps AM and Professor Robyn Sloggett AM, Director of the Centre and widow of Willem.
Willem was an archaeologist, teacher, craftsman and heritage conservator. He was a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA, Dip Ed) and La Trobe University (Hons Archaeology). He worked on sites and places across Victoria and southern South Australia. He is particularly remembered for his work with Indigenous communities and government organisations.
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), based at the Melbourne Children's, is the largest child health research organisation in Australia. It includes Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute. Our vision and mission is to be a major global contributor to the creation of knowledge and to obtain knowledge to improve the health of children.
Infection and Immunity researchers work to address important health problems that impact children both locally and globally. This includes the investigation of non-communicable infections, immune conditions and allergies that affect Australian children at all stages of childhood. A major focus of the theme is vaccine development, in particular vaccines that can be delivered children in developing countries, ensuring they are protected from preventable diseases.
Project Title: Analysis of gene regulations on gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cellsThe aim of the project is to understand the molecular mechanism and regulation of early postnatal germ cell development/transformation of gonocytes (stem cells forming sperm) into spermatogonial stem cells (SSC) to provide possible clues for optimal timing of surgery for UDT to prevent infertility and testicular cancer.
Dr Jo Lavarack
John Ochiltree Lavarack was born in 1914 and graduated MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 1938. In 1939 he became a Resident Medical Officer at the Alfred Hospital and in 1940 he joined the armed forces, reaching the rank of Major as a Specialist Pathologist.
In 1947, accepted an appointment in the Department of Pathology at the University of Melbourne and then with the Department of Anatomy in 1949. He worked with Sir Sydney Sunderland on peripheral nerve injury. He is remembered for his teaching in embryology, where his fine blackboard drawings were famous for aiding his clear explanations of a complex subject. In 1953 he was awarded a CJ Martin Fellowship from the NH&MRC and worked at King's College in London. He completed his PhD in 1953 and was appointed Reader in 1956. He died in 1998.
Professor Kerry Landman
Kerry Landman was appointed Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne in 2007 (the first female professor in the School’s history). After obtaining her PhD in mathematics from the University of Melbourne, she held appointments in the USA at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US Environmental Protection Agency and Southern Methodist University. She returned to the University of Melbourne in the mid-1980s. Kerry was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019.
Her research career has been committed to cross-disciplinary research and the application of mathematical modelling to industrial and biological processes. Being the most senior academic woman in the School, she provided strong academic guidance to junior female colleagues and was successful in encouraging female mathematics students, the majority of her PhD students being women. Professor Landman directed the Australian Mathematics-in-Industry Study Group from 1993-1997, where she communicated the power and versatility of mathematics to business, industry and the wider community. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society’s medal in recognition for her contributions to industrial and applied mathematics.
Kerry’s intention in establishing this scholarship is to address the shortage of mathematically trained teachers who have the potential to become leaders in a school’s mathematics program. It is Kerry’s vision and hope that these teachers will passionately communicate the beauty and applications of mathematics to encourage, inspire and empower students to succeed.
Professor Collette Tayler
Through this gift Professor Emeritus Collette Tayler wished to recognise Indigenous Australians, and to support students in endeavours that promote excellent teaching of young Indigenous children, educational leadership and close collaboration with Indigenous leaders and/or communities. It is hoped that the gift can assist eligible students to research and develop educational experiences for young Indigenous children and their families. Advancing reconciliation, building understanding, and promoting the wellbeing of young Indigenous Australians is an overarching idea behind this gift.
The University of Melbourne produced a tribute video for Professor Tayler.
Dr Graham Corr
Dr Graham Corr TPTC, TTLC, BCom Melb (1963), DipEd, BEd Melb(1968), GradDiplib'ship, MEd, PhD (Oregon). Graham attended Melbourne Teachers' College in 1951-52. He started his teaching career teaching in country schools and was invited to join the staff at Burwood Teachers' College and then, in 1964 Frankston Teachers' College. He joined Melbourne Teachers' College in 1968. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Head of Department and Head of School during various amalgamations between 1972-1988. He was then appointed as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor's Office in international Education and Deputy Dean, Institute of Education between 1993-1994. After retiring from the University in 1994, Graham kept active as a project manager, property developer, public speaker, administrator and educational consultant. His contributions to the educational community include leadership and vision in librarianship and information studies courses as well as early involvement in the international program at the University.
The Reverend Dr Norman George Curry AM
Dr Curry was a former deputy Chancellor of the University from 1994 - 2004. Dr Curry received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from the University of Melbourne. In 1997 Dr Curry was awarded the Order of Australia for service to education, and received an honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Melbourne in 2004.
Jennifer Duggan Leaper
At primary school, Jenny decided she wanted to be a teacher so she “could write on the chalk board”. As a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship, she studied for a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and completed a Diploma of Education in 1970.
Jenny gained her Master of Education in 1981. Her career includes teaching in Victorian state and private schools, both city and country; secondary schools in Perth; a junior high School in North Carolina, USA, and a boarding school in Bournemouth, UK.
Throughout her career, Jenny was inspired by her students and fellow teachers, and she developed a particular energy for teaching young adolescents.
She wants to share her passion with those who will have a major positive influence on the lives of others – through the education of the whole person and the encouragement of life-long learning.
Jenny is a passionate advocate for education and established the Jennifer Duggan Leaper Scholarship to support a high-achieving Bachelor of Arts student in the Master of Teaching.
Through the generosity of the Leaper Foundation, the Early Childhood Education and Care Research Hub was established in 2019.
Beth MacLaren Smallwood
The scholarship was established by the Beth MacLaren Smallwood Foundation in memory of Beth MacLaren Smallwood who was a passionate supporter and advocate of enhancing educational opportunities for students who are deaf and hard of hearing to empower them to reach their full potential. It is the wish of the Foundation to continue Beth’s desire to support the knowledge and skills of teachers of the deaf and leaders in the field in Victoria.
Catholics of Victoria
The Scholarship was endowed by the Catholics of Victoria in honour of His Grace, the Most Reverend Daniel Mannix, D.D., LL.D., Archbishop of Melbourne, on the occasion of His Grace's sacerdotal diamond jubilee. His Grace presented the endowment to Newman College within the University of Melbourne to be administered as a Travelling Scholarship Fund.
Anonymous donor in memory of Eve Landman
John Smyth (pronounced Smith) was the first Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne. He set up the John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship to commemorate his son Eric, a medical student, who died from an accidental poisoning by carbon monoxide in the bathroom when he was only 23. John donated the sum that would have paid for Eric’s education and post-graduate study abroad on top of what he set aside originally to establish this fund. His wish was that the recipient be of excellent character and that they be force for good and that they be possessed of a strong desire to uplift humanity
Hansen Little Foundation
Advancing the future of Australia through access to excellence in tertiary education is one of the Hansen Little Foundation’s core beliefs.
Jane Hansen and Paul Little believe that an individual’s life trajectory should be guided by their determination to achieve their ambitions, regardless of any limiting social or economic barriers.
It is important to us to ensure that you have every chance at success, and we are looking forward to seeing you flourish at the University of Melbourne.
Norman Macgeorge, artist and patron of the arts, bequeathed to the University his house and land in in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, with his paintings, all effects and some capital, on his death in 1952. The bequest took effect on the death in 1970 of his wife May, a fellow artist, and granddaughter of overlander pastoralist and ship's captain John Hepburn (1800‐1860), who built Smeaton House in central Victoria, a Colonial Regency-style Georgian building dated 1849‐50 and now registered by the National Trust of Australia. Realising the couple's joint intention that their estate should be used for the benefit of “students…with special emphasis on those studying Fine Arts, Literature, History of Philosophy” and “for the postgraduate in all the arts rather than for the undergraduate who has not yet acquired sufficient knowledge either at an accredited art school or the University", the Norman Macgeorge Scholarship was established in 2005.
The Rowe Family / Maurice Blackburn
The Rowe Family
The Ken Rowe Scholarship was created by the Rowe Family to honour the memory of Dr Ken Rowe, whose long career in education research highlighted the importance of effective, evidence-based teaching practices for the teaching of literacy and numeracy in the classroom.
The funds for the first four years of the scholarship have been generously donated by Maurice Blackburn. The Award is to honour the memory Dr Ken Rowe who lost his life whilst visiting his beloved holiday home during the Black Saturday Marysville fires in February 2009.
THE JOHN LANDMAN PhD SCHOLARSHIP
Cbus Super & Mavis Robertson
The Cbus Super Mavis Robertson Scholarship was established by Cbus Super, one of Australia’s first industry superannuation funds, in memory of Mavis Robertson AM, superannuation industry pioneer and University of Melbourne alumnus.
She championed access for workers in high risk occupations to insurance cover through their superannuation, for death and impairment, and was also a mentor to employees across the industry fund network, particularly women. She was an integral part of many industry initiatives including as a founding member of the Conference of Major Super Funds, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, Women in Super, the Australia Council of Super Investors, and the Mother’s Day Classic.
In 2011, Margaret Anne Cohan left a gift in her will to the University of Melbourne's Criminology and Psychology programs to support a research scholarship. This resulted in the Margaret Cohan Research Scholarship which annually supports a fourth year or graduate student enrolled in the discipline of Criminology or Psychology, who is undertaking research into child abuse.
Professor Susan Magarey AM
Professor Susan Magarey AM, FASSA established a postgraduate travelling scholarship in Asian Studies, in the name of the late Prue Torney who was a staff member in the School of Historical Studies before her death on 28 April 2006.
Mary Fisher Meyer
In 1975, Mary Fisher Meyer left a gift in her will to memorialise her husband, Felix Henry Meyer, for postgraduate scholarships in both literature and in obstetrics and gynaecology. Mrs Meyer, herself a talented artist who had studied under E Phillips Fox, established the Felix Meyer Scholarship to support literature graduates who wish to undertake creative work.
Felix Meyer dedicated his vocational talents to obstetrics and gynaecology from when he started studying medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1876 to the day he retired in 1935. Among his many extraordinary achievements, Meyer founded the Victorian Nurses’ Association, assisted with the establishment of the Chair of Obstetrics at the University of Melbourne and had a long, distinguished career as a private practitioner and surgeon. Meyer was also very interested in creative pursuits; languages, books, learning, art and music. A member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne, he wrote elegant verse and prose and was a brilliant speaker and conversationalist.
Italian Australian Foundation
The Italian Australian Foundation endeavours to improve the life opportunities for persons of Italian origin and descent through the delivery of services to the frail and elderly and by providing opportunities for students and practitioners to undertake professional development. In keeping with a key objective of the Italian Australian Foundation to “provide services for disadvantaged persons of Italian descent resident in Australia who would not otherwise have access to those services,” the Italian Australian Foundation has commenced a broad program of fellowships and bursaries designed to provide opportunities to students and practitioners to undertake further studies, skills specialisation and vocational training.
Henry Bournes Higgins, KC
The H B Higgins Scholarship is awarded for the purpose of enhancing the study of poetry.
The donor, the Honourable Henry Bournes Higgins KC (1851-1929), politician and judge, was born in 1851 at Newtownards, Down, Ireland, and the family moved to Melbourne in 1870. Starting his education in Ireland and after emigrating, studying at the University of Melbourne where he graduated in law (LL.B., 1874; M.A., 1876). Higgins had an outstanding record at university in languages, logic, history, political economy and Shakespeare. He practised at the Melbourne bar from 1876, eventually becoming one of the city's leading barristers and a Kings Counsel in 1903. He was active in liberal, radical, and Irish nationalist politics, as well as in many civic organisations. He was also a noted classical scholar.
In 1885, Higgins married Mary Alice Morrison. They had one child, Mervyn Bournes (1887-1916) also an alum of the University of Melbourne. Once his success at the Bar was established, Higgins turned to public affairs. Holding public office at a colonial level in the late 1800s and moving to Federal politics in 1901, which ultimately led to a position as a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1906 to 1929.
Higgins maintained a broad range of cultural interests. He served on the Council of the University of Melbourne in 1887-1923, supporting the admission of female graduates to all privileges and advocating a university extension system. He was privately generous in financial support of students and in 1904 provided a gift for a poetry scholarship. Poetry was his particular love. As early as 1885 he lectured to the Melbourne University Union on 'The Muses in Australia', and he was quick to recognize the contribution of the Bulletin to Australian literature. Alfred Deakin acknowledged him as 'one of the parents; if not the chief parent' of the Commonwealth Literary Fund. His strong ties with his niece Nettie Palmer helped to sustain these Australian cultural interests.
An alumna of the University of Melbourne, Ms Fatima Tahiri is supporting two scholarships for post-doctoral and research students in Italian Studies. These are both named after her mother, Giuseppina PatitiTahiri.
Professor Emeritius Bernard Smith
This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The award was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).
In the Pintupi language, 'raka' means 'five' and in the Warlpiri 'rdaka' means 'hand', and both meanings are particularly apt for an award to be awarded in a cycle of five years to individual artists – novelists, poets, script writers, visual artists and playwrights – whose 'hands' are the basic means of creativity.
Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert
The Peter Blazey Fellowship was established to honour the memory of Peter Blazey, journalist, author and gay activist. It has been made available through the generosity of Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert, brother and partner of Peter Blazey.
Blazey was born in Melbourne in 1939 and worked for The Australian, the National Times and as a regular columnist for OutRage magazine. He published a number of books, including a political biography of Henry Bolte, and was co-editor of the short fiction anthology, Love Cries. His personal memoir, Screw Loose, appeared after his death from AIDS in 1997.
"Peter was someone with a lion's head of loose ends that could never fit into some ideologically sound and tidy space. Storyteller, mythomane, and one of the last great conversationalists in a country wary of the free flow of uncensored language, he was a comet who flashed his tail at everyone."
– Tim Herbert, OutRage, 1997
The Peter Blazey Fellowship was launched by the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby in May 2004.
Lorna Stirling was a Music Director in the Melbourne University Drama Club in the 1940s. On her death in 1956 she bequeathed funds to the University for the purpose of promoting international student relationships through the creation of scholarships for the exchange of students between the University of Melbourne and other universities (University Trust record UTR7.92).
Lorna Stirling Fund Scholarships are available annually to currently enrolled students at the University of Melbourne.
John Masefield (1878-1967) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until his death in 1967. Poet, novelist, dramatist and journalist, John Masefield's literary career was rich and varied, and although his reputation waned in later years, he is recognised for his wide range, encompassing ballads, nature poetry and mythological narrative, and for his attempt to make poetry a popular art. This prize was first awarded in 1949.
John Button was a Senator for Victoria between 1974 and 1993 and an accomplished author. On his retirement he held various posts with education institutions and on the boards of companies.
For further information about the John Button Fund and last year's winner and runners-up, see the Melbourne School of Government's web page.
Dinny O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship
Friends and colleagues of J D (Dinny) O'Hearn established the Dinny O'Hearn Fellowship to support emerging Australian writers.
Dinny O'Hearn (1937-1993) was an academic and literary critic who worked at the University of Melbourne and he was the long-time host of SBS TV's 'The Book Show'. His early education was with the Christian Brothers, later completing his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne. O'Hearn's initial appointment at the University of Melbourne was as an English Tutor, he then became the sub-dean of the Faculty of Arts, a position he retained for many years. O'Hearn was the founding executive officer of the Australian Centre which opened in January 1989. He was a prolific writer and essayist and his work was published in Overland, Scripsi and Meanjin. Remembered as having made a lasting contribution to Australian writing and literary life by tirelessly promoting Australian literature in the media, O'Hearn was much mourned by his loyal audience.
A cast-iron fountain was established by O'Hearn's friends, with the City of Melbourne, to commemorate his life and work. Sited outside Jimmy Watson's, a famous Lygon Street wine bar with which O'Hearn enjoyed a long assocation along with many of his peers within Melbourne's literary establishment.
In 1984 Rosemary Kiss provided a generous donation to establish an Award in memory of her late husband, Dr Lloyd Robson.
Dr Robson joined the University’s History Department as a lecturer in 1964, remaining a vital and active associate of the Department until his death in 1990. His contribution to Australian history is considered outstanding. Through his seminal research and publications record, Dr Robson played a key role in the development of Australian history as a significant area of scholarly inquiry.
This award is open to postgraduate students of Australian history to assist them to undertake research interstate.
May and Romeo Schiavon
The Shiavon Scholarships honour Romeo Schiavon, born in Treviso, Italy and migrant to Australia in 1937, and his wife May, who he married in 1953. Passionate about journalism, May had a career as an administrator and occasional writer with the Melbourne Herald. Mr Schiavon left a gift in his will to support graduate students in journalism at the University of Melbourne.
These Scholarships are offered to students in the Master of Journalism programs at the University of Melbourne. They support the development of an important piece of journalism in any format.
Family and friends of Ian Robertson established the Ian Robertson Travel Prize to commemorate the outstanding contribution that he made to the research culture of the Department of History. Ian Robertson was a senior lecturer in the department from 1961 to 1997.
The History program at the University of Melbourne is at the forefront of teaching and research internationally.
The Hansen Trust has been established to support innovation and excellence in History at Melbourne and to provide students with an outstanding education: to open pathways into great careers and graduate opportunities; to underline the continuing relevance and importance of history; and to nurture and engage community passion for this important field of study.
William Thomas Mollison
The W T Mollison Scholarship was established in 1884, bequeathed by William Thomas Mollison for the purposes of encouraging in young persons the study and knowledge of modern languages.
Professor Alan Davies
This prize is supported by the School of Social and Political Science to honour the life and work of Professor Alan Fraser Davies (1924-1987). A political scientist, with a deep interest in psychoanalysis, and graduate of Ormond College and the University of Melbourne (BA Hons, 1945), he described himself as a social psychologist.
As Chair and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Professor Davies had a significant influence on the development of Australian political science and sociology. His contribution ranged from pioneering political psychology through to the study of local government, and through works exploring political passion, politics at work and the Australian political system. Over his career, he drew on art, film, fiction, history and psychoanalysis in his exploration of political behaviour, and Professor Davies became known as one of Australia’s most creative political scientists.
His work featured prominently in university teaching programs in political science throughout Australia and played a key role in the foundation of the Sociology discipline in Australia, particularly his research and writing on class and political sociology. Professor Davies encouraged people to articulate their projects and to discover their own potentials and impediments, while also suggesting fresh insights, different angles, and apposite readings. Driven by an unquenchable curiosity, he was a pioneer of interdisciplinary dialogue. His capacity to bring together novelists, poets, psychoanalysts, literary critics, journalists and historians, as well as political scientists, gave his department a distinctive élan—but it was a quality largely dependent on his enthusiasm.
Emily Scott founded this prize to perpetuate the memory of her husband Emeritus Professor Sir Ernest Scott, KB.
Ernest Scott was Professor of History at the University for Melbourne for 23 years, from 1913-1936. The prize commemorates his interest in the development of Australian historical studies.
Born outside wedlock, raised by his grandparents and enjoying no higher education, he worked as a journalist for 20 years. As a young Fabian and Theosophist, he married the daughter of Annie Besant and migrated to Melbourne in 1892.
His books on Australian exploration history made Scott into a professional among amateurs and antiquarians. He inspired his students to do archival research and to ask critical questions of popular historical mythologies.
A generation of young Australians learned about the country's past from his notable Short History of Australia (1916).
This scholarship was made possible through a generous bequest from the late Harold Swanton, who was born in 1912 and completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1937.
Mr Swanton was a regular attendee at alumni events and showed an active interest in the Melbourne School of Engineering until his death in 2015.
The Isobel Prowse Travelling Scholarship commemorates the late Isobel Prowse. Isobel studied Arts, Media and Communications and a Diploma of Modern Languages in Italian at The University of Melbourne. She was passionate about her studies and in particular all things Roman and Italian. She loved History and Literature, the Classical Roman, Medieval Italian and English canon, which she combined with her love of travel. She managed to visit Italy several times and studied there with fellow students from Melbourne and Monash. Isobel was 'at home' in Italy, exploring the land of her literary heroes Virgil and Dante. She was also a competent linguist, fluent in Italian and French, as well as being a writer of poetry. Isobel had a life-long series of medical challenges and passed away aged 24.
Grant Marani completed a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 1979 followed by a Master of Architecture at Cornell University. He has been a partner at Robert A M Stern Architects (RAMSA) in New York since 2000. In addition to many private residences across the US and in Canada, Grant has been recognised for the design of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; federal courthouses in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio; and Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Julie and Michael Landvogt
This scholarship was established by Julie and Michael Landvogt in memory of Maja and Tony Carp. Both Maja and Tony came to Australia after the Holocaust, embracing a new life in Victoria. While circumstances meant that they were never able to complete university, the couple valued learning as something that enriches and sustains, and as something that can never be taken away. Both were avid readers, and believed that an Arts degree enables critical and empathetic thinking about a multifaceted world. In their memory, the Tony and Maja Carp Scholarship will support students in their undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Arts.
Defence Science and Technology Group
Defence Science and Technology is part of Australia's Department of Defence and is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. Through innovative and impartial research, DST has enhanced Defence capability and supported operations for over 100 years.
DST also plays a leading role in developing a strong narrative on inclusion across the Department of Defence. Therefore, it strives to build a diverse workforce with an inclusive culture, to continue to create harmonious community engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and aims to be a professional organisation that is considered an employer of choice.
For further information, visit the DST Group website.
Italian Australian Foundation Bursary
Through the support of the Italian Australian Foundation, in 2015 the Faculty of Arts in conjunction with the School of Languages and Linguistics, launched the Italian Australian Foundation Bursaries.
The bursaries are to encourage research on Italian language, history and/or culture by students who are disadvantaged and in financial need.
Preference will be given to applicants who are Australian citizens of Italian descent* as specified by the donor whose focus is to advance the education of Australian residents who are of Italian descent. However, all Australian residents or citizens who fit the eligibility criteria are invited to apply.
* Italian descent is defined as being able to trace Italian ancestry within three generations on at least one side of the family.
From amongst eligible applicants, the scholarships will be awarded to the students most disadvantaged in their academic work by financial need.
Alma Philippina Hansen, also known as Alma Hands, undertook a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in the early 1910s where she received a number of scholarships and prizes including the Shakespeare Scholarship. In 1914, Mrs Hands received a government research scholarship in literature and an Orient Steamship Company Scholarship. Deeply interested in Shakespeare, sources he used to create his plays and the life and times of Shakespeare’s London, Mrs Hands utilized her awards to travel to England. Living at Somerville College, Oxford, she gained her Master of Arts in 1917. Still in the UK at the time of her death, Mrs Hands left a gift in her will to the University to support a travelling scholarship for graduate students of the Faculty of Arts.
Born 22 February 1932, the Reverend Father Miltiades Chryssavgis studied History and Classics at the University of Melbourne. Granted a scholarship that supported his residence at Trinity College from 1952 to 1956, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), majoring in History and Classics. Receiving further support in 1956 he was awarded a scholarship for his Master of Arts degree, during which he studied texts of classical historians and the origin of the Greeks. Reciprocating the assistance he received while studying, in 2006 the Reverend Chryssavgis made donation to the University of Melbourne, establishing a scholarship for the payment of the living expenses or student fees of Arts students in financial need. The fund is named for the Reverend Chryssavgis and his wife Alkistis.
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows’ Group
The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows' Group formed in 2005 when a group of retired academics and historians began regularly meeting to discuss the progress of their research and various publications. The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows' Group Annual History Essay Prize is intended to assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and to encourage appreciation of the work of the School's graduate history students.
Amy Gaye Cowper Tennent Memorial Scholarship
Vera Crowther Jennings was a former lecturer in the University's department of English (‘the testatrix’) and bequeathed to the University funds to found a scholarship, in memory of her late friend and colleague Amy Gaye Cowper Tennent, for postgraduate students of Literature. She expressed the hope that, in appropriate circumstances, the award of the scholarship would enable scholars to travel abroad for the purposes of their studies.
Harold Wright was an authority on prints with a world-wide reputation. In addition to academic honours and other marks of recognition, his advice was sought by almost every major art gallery with a department of prints. His association with Australia and New Zealand derives from his honorary services to the Felton Bequest and his life-long friendship with Sir Lionel Lindsay, as well as private collectors in both countries. The second scholarship is named in honour of the parents of Mrs. Wright.
Jessie Stobo Watson Webb
Jessie Webb (1880-1944) completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1902 and a Master of Arts in 1904. She joined the History Department in 1908 and was promoted to the position of senior lecturer in 1923 and acting professor on several occasions (1925, 1933-34 and 1942-44). Jessie remained in the History program for the rest of her life and developed a renowned reputation for her teaching, which was mainly in the area of ancient history, especially Greek history. She died while an acting professor in 1944. The History Department library is named in her honour; Jessie left a gift in her will to support a student to travel to Greece and undertake a course of study at the British School of Archaeology at Athens or any other similar school.
Mr Bruno Grollo & Mr Rino Grollo
The Emma Grollo Memorial Scholarship was established by Bruno and Rino Grollo of the Grollo Group of Companies in memory of their late mother Mrs Emma Grollo. Bruno and his brother, Rino, along with their wives, Dina Bettiol and Diana Ruzzene, are well known in the Melbourne community for being generous philanthropists, all often donating to community groups, charities, educational organisations and sporting institutions. After their mother’s death in December 2001, this scholarship was set up in her honour. Mrs Grollo was remembered for her many merits, one of her greatest being her unique ability to keep her family united.
Samuel Ernest Sprott
The donor, who died on 20 May 2009, was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He was an academic in the department of English at Dalhousie University, Canada, from 1958 to 1985, and for almost 25 years after his retirement he kept an office at Dalhousie University and continued his research in early modern literature (most notably in Shakespearean studies). He was best known for his work on John Milton, notably ‘Milton’s Art of Prosody’, his first book, which appeared in nine editions between 1953 and 1978, and ‘John Milton, A Maske: the Earlier Versions’. His ‘Suicide: the English debate from Donne to Hume’ was published in 1961. He also published a collection of poems in 1955.
Wesley Michel Wright
Wesley Michel Wright was an alumnus of the University of Melbourne who achieved a Bachelor of Arts in 1951. Mr Wright left a gift in his will supporting the Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry with the purpose of awarding an Australian author of original verse or poetry.
Family and friends of late Professor Emeritus Vincent Buckley
The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize was established to commemorate the life and work of the late Vincent Buckley; poet, critic and Professor of English at the University of Melbourne. It is a biennial award that is offered alternately to enable an Australian poet to visit Ireland and to facilitate the visit of an Irish poet to Melbourne. The Prize, which has been made available through generous donations from family and friends of Vincent Buckley, provides the recipient with a return airfare, and a contribution towards living expenses.
Australia Council for the Arts
This opportunity has been made possible through a philanthropic gift to the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with the University of Melbourne.
The Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund
The Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund was established for the benefit of not-for-profit hospitals and public benevolent institutions or organisations established for either poverty relief, public scientific purposes or public educational purposes. Eric Ormond Baker was a Gentleman and Officer of Her Majesty’s Order of the British Empire and a Knight of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and he enjoyed a 50-year career with the Myer Emporium Limited.
The Eric Ormond Baker Scholarship has been made available through the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund and the particular interests of trustee and Screen Studies alumnus Graeme Baker. The scholarship aims to promote advancement and leadership by offering students an opportunity, through travel, to pursue research, acquire professional experience, build professional relationships and expand their skills.
Eric Ormond Baker's nephew, Graeme is himself a philanthropist, researcher and eLearning Advisor. Graeme’s academic qualifications were earned at the University of Melbourne where during his undergraduate years he majored in Art History and Cinema Studies. Graeme also achieved an Executive Master of Arts degree that combines traditional Arts strengths with a Business skill set. As part of that degree, Graeme completed an industry placement at the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) headquarters in Los Angeles, California for a period of six months, an experience he values as one of the most important from his time at University.
Professor Julie McLeod and Dr Cherry Collins
This scholarship was donated by Professor Julie McLeod and Dr Cherry Collins in honour of Miranda Jane Hughes. Miranda was born and raised in Geelong, where she attended Geelong Grammar School. She undertook a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at The University of Melbourne and was a resident of Ormond College. Miranda commenced a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science and worked for many years at Deakin University in a variety of research fellow and research officer roles. She maintained a rich intellectual and social life, a compelling sense of humour and an affection for the University of Melbourne and her time here as a student.
The Shakespeare Scholarship came into being when in 1863 a group of prominent citizens in the Colony of Victoria undertook an appeal to raise funds to commemorate three hundred years from Shakespeare's birth the following year. In 1866 the University Council agreed to accept the £752 collected and to establish a perpetual scholarship in Shakespeare's honour.
The Scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the best essay on the subject of Shakespeare, as judged by the English and Theatre Studies Program Board of Examiners.
Gilbert Postdoctoral Career Development Fellowships
These fellowship are supported by donations made from the Gilbert Bequest and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.
The late Igor Meshakov-Korjakin gave direction to establish a scholarship or scholarships for students of Russian. The scholarship is to enable students to study Russian language and/or Russian literature at a university in Russia or at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. The donor was a retired senior lecturer in the then department of Russian and Language Studies at the University.
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival supports this prize in partnership with Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Melbourne Writers Festival
The Melbourne Writers Festival supports this prize in partnership with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria supports this prize in partnership with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Australian Industrial Relations Commission
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) was a national tribunal dealing with employment issues, first established in 1904 then known as the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration. Over the Commission’s long history and with various name changes, it was the central institution of Australian labour law, setting minimum terms and conditions of employment for workers within certain industries. While functions evolved between 1904 and 2009, the Commission was the principal regulator of work and labour standards in Australia and today, many of the AIRC’s functions are continued through the Fair Work Commission.
In 2006, to commemorate 100 years of Federal conciliation and arbitration, members of the Commission established a trust funding the Australian Industrial Relations Commission Centennial Prize. For students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Business and Economics, the annual prize is selected from the best research work, either essay or thesis, in the field of industrial relations or labour history.
Lizette Bentwich, who passed away in 1954, left a bequest to the University for the establishment of a scholarship or scholarships in memory of her beloved parents, Maurice and Elizabeth Bentwitch, to bear the name ‘Lizette Bentwitch’ for students of either Music or for any other branch of the Humanities.
The Bernard & Mary Euhus Charitable Trust
In 2012 The Bernard & Mary Euhus Charitable Trust gave to the University to assist with promotion of a charitable purpose within the Faculty of Arts. The University applied matching funds to augment the donation and established a perpetual trust for scholarships, open for award annually, for students enrolled or enrolling in the Faculty of Arts at the University, to support academic excellence. The criteria for ‘academic excellence’ will be determined each year by the dean of the faculty in consultation with faculty executive.
Margaret Stewardson and Irene Stewardson
Margaret Stewardson was born in London on March 28th 1901 and Irene Stewardson was born in London on March 2nd 1904. Because of the success of a family enterprise Extruded Metals Pty Ltd, Irene and Margaret were able to settle the donor Trust and ultimately facilitate the gift.
Peter Steele Poetry Award Donors
Father Peter Steele AM (1939 - 2012) was an academic at the University of Melbourne, a graduate of the university and scholar in residence at Newman College. An acclaimed poet and academic, Steele was a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, Georgetown University, Loyola University of Chicago and Fordham University.
In 2010 Steele was awarded the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in Poetry and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to literature and higher education as a poet, author, scholar and teacher, and to the Catholic Church.
The Peter Steele Poetry Award is supported by the generous contribution of a group of donors including The Hon Susan M Crennan AC QC and Dr Michael Crennan QC, Allan Myers AC QC and Maria Myers AC, Dr Jack Steele, and 7 additional contributors.
Ronald and Thérèse Ridley
The Thérèse and Ronald Ridley Scholarship is supported by the generous contribution of Emeritus Professor Ronald Ridley and Mrs Thérèse Ridley.
Professor Ridley (MA Syd.) began his career as a researcher, teacher and supervisor at the University of Melbourne in the then History Department in 1962 before joining the faculty as a Lecturer in 1965. After being awarded a DLitt by international examination for contributions to learning in 1992, he was appointed to a Personal Chair in ancient history in June 1997 and eventually became a Professor Emeritus following his retirement in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (est, 1707) and the Royal Historical Society (both London), the Pontifical Academy of Roman Archaeology (Rome), and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
William Harbison, through the administrators of his estate, donated a sum to the University of Melbourne. Prior to his death Mr Harbison, a timber merchant, had expressed his intention of founding a scholarship in the University in memory of George Higinbotham, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria. The 'Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship' was established for high-achieving students undertaking graduate research study.
The Alexander Copland Foundation
The Copland Foundation supports this prize. The Foundation was established from the legacy of the late Alexander Ewart Copland. The Copland Foundation supports individuals and institutions within Australia operating in fields that were important to Alexander Copland. These fields include conservation, historic house museums, fine and decorative art museums, science museums and libraries.
The Association of Women on Campus at the University of Melbourne's principle aim is to promote and maintain a strong support network for all women employed by the University of Melbourne – both academic and professional staff. Their aim is to:
- Encourage friendship and generate a strong network for women at all levels at the University
- Provide a platform for women's issues in the workplace and its changing environment
- Provide high quality seminars and workshops to improve and enhance professional skills
- Support the activities of the Fairness and Diversity Unit and the Affirmative Action Program at the University
Mr Roland S Wettenhall
Roland Ravenscroft Wettenhall, dermatologist and historian, late of Melbourne, who died on 21 July 1965, bequeathed to the University $2,000 for the purpose of endowing a prize to be called the "Dennis-Wettenhall Prize" in memory of his parents, Holford Highlord Wettenhall and Margaret Burgess Wettenhall (née Dennis).
Miss Kathleen Rankin
Miss Kathleen Rankin established a prize in 1975 in memory of her father, Donald Hamilton Rankin M.A., M.Ed.(1880-1974), Educationalist & Historian.
Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin History Prize
Carmel Benjamin AM, her children and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous established a prize in memory of Rodney Lloyd Benjamin BA MA PhD OAM, historian, business and community leader.
Institute of Public Administration, Victoria
This annual prize is sponsored by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). It was established by J A Aird's widow to acknowledge his dedicated work performed over many years as a public servant. The key objectives of the award are to encourage interest in a career in Public Administration that services the people of Victoria.
The War Widows Guild
Jessie Mary Vasey O.B.E, C.B.E founded the War Widows Guild of Victoria and dedicated her life to supporting war widows after graduating from BA with first class honours at the University in 1921. From 1988, the War Widows Guild of Victoria have been sponsoring two annual prizes for 3rd year and honours students who have submitted the best essay and thesis on a Women's History subject to ensure the name of their founder, and the work of the Guild will be known by future university students and to provide encouragement and reward for the young.
Friends and colleagues of Associate Professor Ken McKay
Associate Professor Ken McKay was a member of the Classics Department from 1952 to 1992. He died in 2011. Friends and colleagues of Associate Professor Ken McKay donated to an appeal to commemorate his work at the University upon his retirement. A further amount of $5,000 was donated by his widow, Mrs Gloria McKay, in 2013.
The contributors to an appeal set up to establish a scholarship in memory of Professor Colin Angus McCormick (1924 – 1987)
This scholarship was established by appeal to memorialise Professor Colin Angus McCormick (1924 – 1987), who founded the department of Italian Studies at the University in 1959. He was the head of the department from its foundation, and was appointed professor in 1975, a position which he held until his retirement in 1981.
The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
In 1947 the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia presented funds to the University to endow a scholarship to foster Jewish and Hebrew studies, to perpetuate the name of Dr Fanny Reading, the founder of the National Council.
Percival Serle was an Australian biographer and bibliographer and amongst other things was guide-lecturer at the National Gallery of Victoria; curator of the Art Museum of the Gallery; and member of the council of the Victorian Artists Society. He was also president of the Australian Literature Society. He bequeathed funds to the University of Melbourne in 1951 for the benefit of the English School in the Arts course.
Mrs Katrine Ball
In 1992, Mrs Katrine Ball, in memory of her late husband, William Macmahon Ball, Foundation Professor of Political Science and prominent scholar and teacher in international relations established this prize.
Rae and Edith Bennett
Rae Gillbee Bennett was formerly of Auckland in New Zealand and later resident in Victoria, a retired bank manager, bequeathed to the University the residue of his estate. Edith Guinevere Constance Bennett, the widow of Rae Gillbee Bennett, bequeathed to the University a portion of her residuary estate.
Elizabeth Bernaldo Puzey
Mrs Elizabeth Bernaldo Puzey of 397 Toorak Road, South Yarra, gave her home to the University of Melbourne to support scholarship and fellowships to Australian citizens to undertake research in the fields of Medicine, Science and Engineering. Mrs Puzey was concerned that the rewards (both salary or otherwise) offered and available in Australia are not adequate to prevent substantial numbers of well qualified persons in medical research, science and engineering from leaving the country and applying their skills elsewhere to the disadvantage of Australia and its residents generally and is anxious to provide inducements calculated to counter this trend.
Bank First is a proud supporter of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
The Bank First MGSE Community Spirit Award and Volunteer Award are a key part of their support of the wider education community.
Driven by care and compassion, Bank First is committed to providing a better banking experience and putting its customers first while supporting the wider education sector.
This scholarship was established by the Rapley Family in memory of their son and brother James Rapley, Student Club President 2005, in celebration of his life and the importance of the College Community to his personal development.
Originally from Seymour, James spent the first three years of his studies living at Whitley College and was President of the Student Advisory Council in 2005.
James was known for his intelligence, passion for sports and active engagement in his community. He was committed to using his skills for the greater social good.
James had a successful career in software development, taking up a role at Groupon in 2013 in the United States. He was in LA on his way home for Christmas when he was tragically killed while riding his bicycle. He is loved and dearly missed by friends and family.
Rachel Esther Alston
Rachel Esther Alston bequeathed the sum of £1,500 to the University of Melbourne in 1951 in accordance with the wish of her late father, Michael Crawcour. The Issac Samuel Crawcour Trust was established in the memory of the donor's brother Issac Samuel Crawcour, a medical student who was killed while protecting his home from burglars.
Hilda May Gibbons
Hilda May Gibbons graduated as Bachelor of Art on 21 April 1928, and thereafter taught in both Primary and Secondary Schools during her 48 years of service in the Victorian Education Department. Hilda bequeathed her residuary estate to the University, for the purpose of providing bursaries to medical students who intend to become general practitioners and not psychologists or psychiatrists.
A.J. Glasson Williams
A.J. Glasson Williams was the Assistant Registrar of the University. On the occasion of his 60th birthday on 14 October 1963, after more than 30 years' service with the University, presented funds to provide bursaries for the encouragement of worthy students at the university.
Lucy May Knapp
Lucy May Knapp bequeathed the residue of her estate for the University of Melbourne. Lucy Knapp wished that the ‘funds be applied and used towards assisting and educating students by way of bursaries, supplies of books or otherwise’.
Jean Audrey Mackenzie
Jean Audrey Mackenzie bequeathed 50 per cent of her residuary estate to the university to assist handicapped students. Robert Alan ('Alan') Mackenzie was Jean's wife, Alan was active at sport and school until, at the age of 13, he had a spinal tumour resulting in paralysis. Jean left this fund to the university as Alan was grateful for the opportunities the university gave him and he wanted to leave a legacy to assist others to undertake university education.
Elizabeth Rachel Moran
Elizabeth Rachel Moran, widow of the late T. E. Moran, created a trust for the purpose of promotion and encouragement of education at the University.
Daisy Esther Anne Jane Smith
Daisy Esther Anne Jane Smith bequeathed a fund to the university, to establish an entrance scholarship.
Nancy Isabel McConnan
Nancy Isabel McConnon bequeathed one third of a charitable trust to the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne and/or the Victorian College of the Arts (now the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music). Nancy wished the funds to be used as bursaries for the payment of fees, books, computers and/or the purchase of musical instruments to assist students in financial need.
Edward James Darbyshire
Edward James Darbyshire bequeathed a sum 'to be applied to set up a trust for the purpose of an Australian Aboriginal Scholarship in such manner as Jonathan Nathan shall in his absolute discretion direct.' Mr Nathan gave a sum to the University of Melbourne to provide The Edward J. Darbyshire scholarship for indigenous students enrolled at the university.
Arno Herpe emigrated to Australia in 1939 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Engineering. He served the last two years of the second world war in Papua New Guinea where 'he gained an immense respect for the indigenous population of the country who on occasion saved his life.' Arno bequeathed a sum to the university to be applied for the assistance and encouragement of students 'who are descendant from indigenous natives of the South Pacific area, including Australia and New Zealand. Preference is to be given to students enrolled in Melbounre School of Engineering.'
Harold George Mackrell
Harold George Mackrell, who died on 1 April 2012 at the age of 88, was a long-time campaigner for social justice. He was born and raised in North Fitzroy, and he served in the Second World War as an army medic. On his return to Australia he studied Science at the University and worked for the Australian Taxation Office until he retired in 1984. Harold was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2002 for service to the community of Fitzroy, particularly through the provision of welfare services to aged and disadvantaged people, and to overseas students through the provision of support services. Harold bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to assist Australian Indigenous students with their living and studying expenses.
Gweneth Wisewould, a Medical Practitioner and graduate of the University of Melbourne, present a sum to the university for the purpose of providing scholarships for any person who is descended from an aboriginal native of Australia, to be known as the 'Truganini Scholarship'.
Isabella Ina Oldham
Isabella Ina Oldham bequeathed the residue of her estate to the University of Melbourne, to be applied for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a postgraduate degree.
Rotary Clubs within District 9800
Rotary Clubs within District 9800, which covers part of the Melbourne Metropolitan area and reaching as far north as Echuca, presented a sum to the University of Melbourne to provide financial assistance for indigenous students.
Sir Edward Woodward and Lady Lois Woodward
Sir Edward Woodward and Lady Lois Woodward presented a sum to the University of Melbourne, supplemented by the university's Office of Vice-Chancellor in recognition of Lady Woodward's services to the university. The fund was established to enable a mature-age indigenous Australian women to pursue an undergraduate course at the university.
Sir Alfred Edward Rowden White
Sir Alfred Edward Rowden White, a Doctor of Medicine, bequeathed part of his residuary estate to the University of Melbourne to establish a fund. This fund was to be applied to students undertaking research studies with Melbourne Dental School, Melbourne Medical School, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences or Faculty of Science.
Bessie Thompson, widow of David Thompson, bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne for the purpose of funding a scholarship in the science of Engineering and to be named the 'David Thompson Scholarship'. Bessie's desire was for the scholarship to provide assistance to a student pursuing an engineering course and for the university to give preference to students who are 'sons of residents of Castlemaine'.
David Aitchison from the county of Middlesex England, bequeathed a sum of money to the University of Melbourne to support undergraduate students in financial need.
No.1 Red Cross Rest Home
The No. 1 Red Cross Rest Home and the committee representing the subscribers presented a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a fund. The fund was requested to be a bursary for the children of men who were members of the Australian Imperial Forces who have died or been totally incapacitated in the First World War. In 2000, the council recognised the bursary could no longer be awarded as originally intended and determined the bursary would be open to applications from any enrolled students.
The University of Melbourne USA Foundation
The University of Melbourne USA Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to support education, and specifically includes fundraising to support the University of Melbourne.
Dr Michael and Dr Ida Benson
Dr Michael and Dr Ida Benson donated a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a bursary in memory of their son Thomas David Benson, known as Tom Benson. Tom overcame increasing physical handicaps to complete a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. The bursary is to assist physically handicapped students enrolled at the university who are deserving of help.
The Wilson Dilworth Foundation
The Wilson Dilworth Foundation donated a sum to the University of Melbourne for the purpose of supporting students 'in financial need and preferably from an educationally disadvantaged background.' The foundation was established by Raymond Ian Wilson, an alumnus of the university.
Georgiana Elizabeth Moore Hesketh
Georgiana Elizabeth Moore Hesketh bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a scholarship for the support of students enrolled in a course in the School of Medicine. The scholarship is to be awared based on academic merit and financial need.
Madge O'Shanassy bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to pay such student or students in necessitous circumstances for the advancement of their education at tertiary level.
Donald Munro Armstrong
Donald Munro Armstrong bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne 'for the assistance of poorer students of any denomination in their studies.'
Oscar Adolf Oeser
Oscar Adolf Oeser was a former professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. He bequeathed a sum to the university 'for the support of needy and deserving Final Honours or Postgraduate students of Psychology.'
Roma Bottomley donated a sum to the University of Melbourne 'for the purposes of providing a fund from which financial aid may be given to students who are in need.'
Jeannette Robley was the daughter of Sir James Barrett, a distinguished medical practitioner who taught Physiology at the University of Melbourne from 1887 to 1937 and was the university's Chancellor from 1935 to 1939. Jeannette bequeathed a sum to the university to establish a grant for students in financial need.
Betty McCreery bequeathed her residuary estate to the University of Melbourne to establish the John and Betty McCreery Fund. The fund would be used to support two scholarships. The 'John and Betty McCreery Scholarship' to support students in necessitous circumstances, enrolled in the faculty of Science and who are Australian citizens. Also the 'John and Betty McCreery Travelling Scholarship' to assist students travelling on exchange in necessitous circumstances, enrolled in the faculty of Science or the school of Medicine and who are Australian citizens.
Rupert Gordan Renton
Rupert Gordan Renton was a Leading Aircraftman in the RAAF, he bequeathed his residuary estate to the University of Melbourne 'for the purpose of rendering assistance to needy students.'
Thomas Thomson Dick
Thomas Thomson Dick was a Doctor of Medicine, he bequeathed his residual estate to the University of Melbourne for the purpose of establishing bursaries to be called the 'Dick Bursaries.' The bursary was to be 'for the assistance of deserving students who are attending lectures at the university and shall be awarded to students to whom such award would be a financial relief, and who have given evidence of ability and good conduct.'
Margaret Florence May Harrap
Margaret Florence May Harrap bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish the 'Margaret Harrap Foundation' to be used 'for the purpose of assisting worthy and needy students to enable them to purchase books and equipment or to assist with the payment of tuition fees.'
Maud Isabella Aird
Maud Isabella Aird bequeathed her residuary estate to the Victorian Ministry of Education which was later transferred to the University of Melbourne. The fund is used for a scholarship available to female students undertaking study within the Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences faculty and as per Maud's desire 'the recipient should be a student who would otherwise be unable to carry out her studies due to a lack of finance.'
Francis Gordon Elford
Francis Gordon Elford was secretary of the then faculty of Medicine and other technical faculties and was the Deputy Registrar of the University of Melbourne. Throughout his career he gave valuable guidance, encouragement and assistance to students in such technical faculties. Francis' widow and friends present a sum to the university 'for the purpose of providing a fund from which immediate financial aid may be given to students.' Grants are offered to students enrolled within the faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, faculty of Engineering, faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, faculty of Science, faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences or Melbourne School of Land and Environment.
Rosamond May Lord
Rosamond May Lord bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne 'for the purpose of providing a bursary in connection with the school of Agriculture in memory of her late husband William Henry Lord.' The bursary is offered to students in financial need enrolled within the Melbourne School of Land and Environment.
The Amelia Eliza Holland Trust
The Amelia Eliza Holland Trust donated a sum to the University of Melbourne to 'establish a fund for the assistance of students in memory of the late Donald Farquhar Mackay.' Donald was formerly of the department of History of the University.
Ethel Selina Leon
Ethel Selina Leon bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a bursary as a memorial to her late father, Samuel Leon. The bursary was to be 'given to students of the Medical school who are entering upon the second year of a medical course and require some financial assistance.'
Jessie Alexander Baird Currie
Jessie Alexander Baird Currie donated a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a bursary in the memory of her late brother John Baird Esquire. The bursary was 'to be in aid of a student in medicine' with the financial position of the student taken into account.
Sylvia Adeline Rolfe
Sylvia Adeline Rolfe bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a scholarship in memory of her grandparents, pioneers in the Warrnambool district. Both the academic ability and financial circumstances of the students are considered when offering the scholarship and a preference may be given to former students of Warrnambool High School.
Sophie Davis and the Campus Fair Committee
On 7 December 1958 a campus fair was conducted 'to promote Scholarships at the Melbourne University and at the Hebrew University.' Sophie Davis, on behalf of the committee that organised and conducted the campus fair ('campus fair committee'), donated a part of the proceeds of the campus fair to the University of Melbourne to establish a scholarship. The scholarship, to be called the 'Melbourne Campus Fair Jewish Women's Scholarship', is offered to students in their final year of study and in financial need.
Mrs. W.G. Sharp
Mrs. W.G. Sharp donated a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish a bursary in the memory of her late husband, William George Sharp, a timber merchant. The bursary is 'to provide for the education of a medical student whose circumstances might without such assistance prevent them from pursuing a medical course.'
Sir John Michael Higgins
Sir John Michael Higgins bequeathed one-third of his residuary estate to the University of Melbourne to establish a fund. The fund was to be applied to students undertaking 'research work in Industrial Chemistry and Biochemistry as related directly to the study and development of the pastoral and agricultural industries.'
The Honourable William Lawrence Baillieu
The Honourable William Lawrence Baillieu and his family presented a gift to the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Fund. Once the original purpose of the fund had been fully served, the fund was to be applied to provide University Scholarships. The 'Baillieu Research Scholarship' was established for student undertaking research in Medicine, Law, Commerce, Economics or Architecture with preference give to descendants of an Australian soldier or sailor who had been killed or who had suffered total and permanent incapacity during their service.
Alfred Oscar Capell
Alfred Oscar Capell bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish the 'A. O. Capell Scholarship' for high-achieving students undertaking graduate research study.
Alfred Edward Williams, Alice Louisa Williams and Robert George Williams
Alfred Edward Williams, Alice Louisa Williams and Robert George Williams collectively bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish the 'Henry James Williams Scholarship' for high-achieving students undertaking graduate research in a field of study other than theology and music.
Stella Mary Langford
Stella Mary Langford, who completed a Master of Arts of the University of Melbourne, bequeathed three-tenths of her residuary estate to the university to establish the 'Stella Mary Langford Scholarship' for high-achieving students undertaking graduate research study.
Grace Moran Matthaei
Grace Moran Matthaei bequeathed her residuary estate to the University of Melbourne to establish the 'Ernst and Grace Matthaei Bequest.' Grace and her husband's wish was for the bequest to be applied to students who 'pursue senior postgraduate studies or research in the optical field or on problems logically allied with optics.'
Antonio and Claudia Sagona
The Antonio Sagona Scholarship is generously supported by an in-memoriam gift from a group of donors, in particular, Dr Claudia Sagona and members and friends of the Sagona family.
Emeritus Professor Antonio (Tony) Sagona AM (1956–2016) was born in Libya in 1956 and emigrated to Australia as a small boy with his family, who settled in Williamstown. From an early age he was fascinated by the ancient world, a passion that would eventually lead him to the history department of the University of Melbourne as an undergraduate in 1974. There, his potential was recognised, and his talent fostered and he quickly moved through the ranks of senior lecturer and associate professor to become full professor in 2006, and finally emeritus professor in 2017. Over three decades, he conducted archaeological excavations in Turkey and Georgia. Tony was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) in 2004 and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2005. In 2013, he was made a member of the Order of Australia.
Mr Stephen Ho
In 2020, Mr Stephen Ho donated generously to the Faculty of Arts to establish scholarships for high achieving postgraduate students to travel to Asia. Mr Stephen Ho graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Honours) in 1982. He has a great personal interest in Asian History. His other interests include media, Chinese History, and ancestry research. He has traced his own ancestry back 3000 years in China.
Mr Ho's career has taken him around the world working for Leighton (now CIMIC), Bovis, John Holland, IHI Corporation, Wood and BHP. Projects that he has been involved in includes oil & gas developments, petrochemical & power plants, infrastructure, laboratories, manufacturing plants and commercial buildings.
Passionate about sustainability, he was part of an industry group that developed Singapore’s Green Mark green rating system, receiving an award from the Singapore government. At BHP, he developed the world’s first integrated building & facility management system for its Singapore premises, and which was awarded the Most Intelligent Office Building. He has received similar awards for BHP’s headquarters in Melbourne.
A former Director of the Australian Chamber of International Trade and Industry, today he consults on operations planning and smart building technology, and has a continuing involvement with the university on the research into 5G technology. He also has an interest in the continuing research into smart technologies particularly to its connection to the cognitive and emotional elements of humans.
Mr Ho is a member of the Melbourne University Engineering Career Roundtable and has been mentoring and offering advice to STEM undergraduates and recent graduates.
James and Ron Exiner
The Robert and Johanna Exiner scholarship was established by James and Ron Exiner on behalf of Exintel Pty Ltd and Exincorp Pty Ltd. The scholarship acknowledges the great pleasure their father, Robert, derived from studying German at the University between 1976 and 1998. Robert's affinity with German language and culture as a young person was adversely affected by the historical circumstances prevailing earlier in his life.
The late Duncan Leary graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1955 with a Bachelor
of Arts. He met his life partner, chef Ernest Lanz, in Geneva, Switzerland, before the couple returned permanently to Melbourne in the 1960s.
A man of tremendous erudition, Duncan maintained a strong association with the
University for the rest of his life, studying many subjects through Melbourne’s continuing education program, including a number in the fields of Aboriginal history and culture.
Though we know little about his connection to Indigenous languages, it is clear that Duncan was a passionate linguist, speaking five languages in addition to English. His bequest is one
of the largest ever given to the study of Indigenous languages.
The Psyche Foundation
These awards stem from a generous gift from the Psyche Foundation. The Psyche Foundation is a Melbourne-based charity founded in 2019, established to fund mental health research, treatment and education. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the mental health of the population by supporting innovative and effective initiatives with responsive and experimental approaches. The Foundation is committed to improving accessibility of cutting-edge treatment approaches and promote social equity in access to mental health services.
Dorothy Karpin grew up in Newcastle and her interest in Australia’s Indigenous people was inspired by her father William Taylor’s interest in indigenous cultures in Australia and other parts of the world.
Melbourne Humanities Foundation Board
The Faculty of Arts garnered support from the Melbourne Humanities Foundation Board, with a founding donation from the Chancellor and other Board members, to jointly offer scholarships to undergraduate students to ensure that an Arts degree can be accessible to all students, no matter their background.
The Melbourne Humanities Foundation was established in 2012 by the Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Melbourne Humanities Foundation Board. The Melbourne Humanities Foundation supports those fields of teaching and research that sit at the heart of a university - the humanities disciplines. The role of the Foundation is to assist the Faculty of Arts to develop support for humanities programs, which have experienced decreases in government funding. In particular, the Foundation seeks benefaction in key areas such as classics, history, literature, languages, art history and philosophy.
Read more about the Melbourne Humanities Foundation.
Institute of Public Administration, Victoria
The J A Aird Memorial Prize in Public Policy prize is sponsored by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).
The Silent World Foundation
The Silentworld Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on supporting and promoting Australasian maritime archaeology, history, culture and heritage. John Mullen AM, Director of the Silentworld Foundation, has over 30 years of experience in the global logistics industry and he was named a member (AM) in the Order of Australia for significant service to business, and to the community in 2020.
Mr Mullen is passionate about maritime exploration and Indigenous rock art in the Kimberley, WA. He spends his spare time diving for colonial shipwrecks and maintains a private museum dedicated to historical material from early maritime voyages to the Pacific, containing thousands of maritime objects, some dating back to the 1500s.
Through the Silentworld Foundation, Mr Mullen has led and funded numerous maritime archaeological expeditions including to the Coral Sea and Kenn Reef. His support, which has included providing vessels, staff, equipment and divers, has enabled maritime archaeologists at the Australian National Maritime Museum to explore sites of maritime significance.
After working in development as a public policy and business consultant, Nina decided to pursue her passion for education and returned to study, completing the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2016. Prior to this Nina completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology at Peking University (Beijing China) and a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Through Nina’s education journey she has developed a passion for cross-cultural communication and social integration, which she brings into the classroom. Her previous experiences have strongly contributed to her teaching philosophy and she encourages experienced professionals to consider sharing their life stories, values and wisdom with the younger generations by becoming teachers.
The Wei Family Education Scholarship was established to acknowledge and reward the courage and risk involved in a career change and to show appreciation for the devotion to education that mature teaching candidates from diverse cultural and societal backgrounds bring to the profession. It is Nina’s wish that these teachers will fuel innovation in teaching practice and reform education philosophies based on various real-life experiences.
Professor Jack Keating completed a bachelor of Economics at Monash University in 1970 and a diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne in 1972. Between 1972 and 1983, he taught in secondary schools and in the technical and further education sector in Australia, England and Scotland. He received his PhD from the Institute of Education in London in 1999.
Professor Keating was a specialist in post compulsory education and training, most noted for his contribution to education policy and debates. His work combined formal roles in advising departments of education around Australia and organisations such as the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. These roles included senior adviser to the Victorian government education minister and the Victorian premier (1989-92), with responsibility for policy advice on youth, education and training, and deputy chairman to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Board (1987-88).
Professor Keating also contributed to research and scholarship on the international stage, including work for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the International Labour Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and UNESCO.
Professor Keating died on 21 July 2012 and, following his passing, the University, in conjunction with the Jack Keating Fund Advisory Committee, conducted a public appeal in his memory, to commemorate his contribution to education policy and research.
Mary Anne Margaret Lockie
Mary Anne Margaret Lockie included in her will a gift to the University of Melbourne in 1949. Known as the Lockie Bequest, the gift was established in order to support the advancement of literature in Australia.
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Chevalier Graham Ryles OAM KSJ and Mrs Judith Ryles OAM
The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship was established in 2010 by Chevalier Graham Ryles OAM KSJ and Mrs Judith Ryles OAM to memorialise the late Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE. Dr Hoff’s illustrious career encompassed art history, curatorship and museum management at the University and the National Gallery of Victoria. This annual scholarship is open to Art History students for activities that will assist them to be dynamic contributors to the field of Art History in Australia, and beyond.
Mrs Elizabeth Slezak was an alumna of the University of Melbourne who achieved her Master of Arts in 1956. Mrs Slezak left a gift in her will to support a University of Melbourne female graduate who wishes to travel to France and study French literature or language. Named in honour of Mrs Slezak and her husband, the award is called the Elizabeth and Nicholas Slezak Scholarship.
Helen Margaret Davies
Dr Helen Davies returned to study after a long career in both private and public sectors during which she held senior executive roles. Dr Davies completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2006 under the supervision of Professors Peter McPhee and Charles Sowerwine. She travelled to Paris in 2007 for a short period to concentrate on writing a book based on her PhD which was concerned with Jewish identity, social justice and capitalism in nineteenth century France.
She is a member of the Rothschild Research Forum in London and of the Société des Études saint-simoniennes of the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal in Paris. She is an Honorary Fellow in the School of History and Philosophical Studies and former convenor of the School’s Fellows' Group.
Dr Davies established this annual scholarship in 2007 for research higher degree students studying aspects of French history and culture for overseas travel and research related towards their degree.
For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.