Gift Impact

A generous tradition of philanthropy stretching back to the University’s earliest days has sustained and enriched its research and teaching, as individuals and families have invested in the subjects and programs which they care about most deeply. Such financial support increases access to educational opportunity for those who might otherwise miss out, and assists researchers and students to strive for excellence. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud and grateful to have been the beneficiary of such generosity, over many years.

Recent gifts include:

  • Nelson Meers Foundation - Leadership support of the Widening Participation project has assisted the Department of English long-term outreach program to inspire passionate students from local low SES (Socioeconomic Status) schools to study the subject.
  • The Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowships - Named after the donors and University alumni Terrence Fern (BSc, DipEd) and Lynette Fern (BA, DipEd) will support recipients to attend the institution in Paris which houses over 300-400 creatives from around the world.
  • Equity Scholarships in History - Anonymous donation of $150,000 establishing the Equity Scholarships in History, targeting prospective students wanting to study a major in history.
  • The Gwen & David Moore Aboriginal Scholarship - thanks to a visionary testamentary trust worth over $850,000 in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying a major in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, or Sociology, with a focus on Aboriginal Heritage and Australian Pre-History.
  • Kenneth Reed, AM - A gift and bequest from Kenneth Reed, AM which will benefit postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships in English Studies - to the tune of $4.5M.
Mr Kenneth Reed
  • John Whitehouse - Also an Arts / Law graduate – is making in Sydney’s exciting new Ancient North African and Phoenician Diaspora research network, and that alumna Sabrina Snow has made to sustain emerging scholarship in Asian art history. Other inspirational examples could be cited.
  • David Harold Tribe Prize for Fiction - Novelist and poet John A. Scott won the 2014 David Harold Tribe Prize for Fiction, part of a suite of five donated awards, several of which are within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Sir Hermann Black Professor in Economics - Professor John Romalis is the first academic to hold the title of the Sir Hermann Black Professor in Economics, thanks to a very generous bequest.
  • The Merenda Scholarships - Frances Merenda dedicated her life to migrant welfare. At the beginning of 2009 she established to promote the study of Italian languages and culture, by giving students the opportunity to travel to Italy to pursue further study or research.
  • The William Ritchie Professor of Classics - The study of languages, literature, philosophy and civilization within the Department of Classics and Ancient History is receiving critical support thanks to a bequest from the late Professor Bill Ritchie.
  • Refugee Language Program - In 2012, the Pratt Foundation made a generous gift in order to secure the future of our Refugee Language Program for the next 3 years. Read more about this important and timely donation here and how it came about thanks to the financial lifeline provided by a private donor.
  • The Tom Austen Brown Fund For Pre-History - In 2011, Tom Austen Brown’s generous lifetime gifts culminated in his visionary bequest creating The Tom Austen Brown Fund For Pre-History, valued at close to $9 million. At a time when the Faculty is receiving more gifts than ever before, from those who strongly appreciate the value and impact of its academic programs, it is hugely encouraging when especially farsighted donors decide to provide transformational support through a bequest.
  • The Faculty is proud and grateful to report that it has been included in the estates of several alumni and friends. Mr John Gilbert, a loyal supporter of archaeology, cultural programs and the Fisher Library, bequeathed an extraordinarily generous $1.8M for scholarships and grants for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This endowed gift also provides financial assistance for travel including visits to libraries and archives, critical as students hone their research and scholarship. Ms Eulalia Hsu bequeathed over $100,000 to establish The Raymond Hsu Scholarship, providing support for postgraduate research in Chinese studies, literature and linguistics. Most spectacularly, alumna Miss Janet Hine, BA ’47, gifted $4M for the University. Her legacy will be used to establish a Chair in the Faculty in a relevant area of the humanities and social sciences for the new Charles Perkins Centre, which has been created to help tackle the challenges of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in new and radically cross-disciplinary ways. We know that obesity and diabetes, for example, are as much cultural and political challenges as they are biomedical ones. Read more about Miss Hine’s extraordinary generosity in this Challis Bequest Society article.