As a result of gifts from alumni and friends, in 2014 the Dean has announced the inaugural award of four Future Leaders Scholarships to encourage and support undergraduate students who are specially dedicated to making a positive difference in society.
With the help of financial support from the Student Activity Fund, which is part of the Dean’s Scholarship Fund, BA Honours student Nicola Bauman took part in the Global Voices delegation to the OECD Forum in Paris, in June 2014.
In October 2013, the grandchildren of the late Rosina Tedeschi made a gift of $10,000 in order to strengthen the funding of the annual prize in Italian Studies that bears her name. Read more about this lovely story here.
Thanks to alumni donations directed to the Student Activity Fund, a third year Arts/Law student has helped to raise the profile of young Australian entrepreneurs by joining the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) trade mission in Tel Aviv. Read more here.”
In June 2012, thanks to gifts for the Student Activity Fund – which is part of The Dean’s Scholarship Fund – International and Global Studies student Daniel Barabas has represented the University at Golden Key’s International Scholar Laureate Program on Diplomacy and International Relations. Over two weeks in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, he discussed foreign affairs with diplomats, students and academics from China and around the world. A cultural program enabled him to visit historical landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors.
Earlier this year, support from the same program helped Tom Neale to visit Vancouver for the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference. Describing this experience as “incredibly rewarding”, Tom said that his trip provided “a rare opportunity to debate international relations issues and solve problems with leaders of tomorrow from around the world, while at the same time, developing my own personal skills and networks.”
Recipient Hannah Donnelly said of the support that this new program provides to undergraduate students, “During my degree, I had the incredible opportunity of seeing how the UN works from the inside by attending the 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. The Student Activity Fund will give future arts students the chance to have life-changing personal development experiences just like mine.”
Other gifts to the have helped Arts and Social Sciences students present their research at the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies Undergraduate Conference at the University of Alberta, Canada, and participate in the 180 Degrees International Project and The UN Youth National Conference. Extending our students’ learning beyond the classroom in this way enormously enriches their education. Speaking in 2011 when the Student Activity Fund was launched, Senthorun Raj explained that, "Participating in extra-curricular and community activities while studying helped me broaden my academic perspectives and realise my passions for social justice. This new fund will be an immense help to students by supporting them to actively pursue their interests and become engaged members of the community."
In addition, alumni gifts have made possible limited scholarship “top-up” payments for the impressive international students studying for our groundbreaking Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation. Read more about one of these students here. In 2012, the inaugural Dean’s Prize was awarded to MHRD student Neha D’Souza.
Thanks to support from alumni and friends, an announcement about the 2013 Cite Residency awards has been made by the Department of Art History and Film Studies.