Australian businesses support undergraduate scholarships honouring businessman James Strong

16 September 2013

The endowment of six perpetual undergraduate scholarships at the University of Sydney, supported by a number of leading Australian companies, will commemorate the long and distinguished career of renowned Australian businessman James Strong AO.

Qantas, Woolworths, Nomura and IAG have each provided a scholarship for students studying at the University of Sydney Business School, while the Dymocks Group has established a scholarship for Australian literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Rip Curl has created a scholarship in the Faculty of Science for students that have demonstrated an outstanding ability in sport.

Sadly, Mr Strong died in March 2013. At the time of his death, Mr Strong had been serving as an independent non-executive director of Qantas; as chairman of the ICC Cricket World Cup, Kathmandu and Saxton Speakers Bureau and a member of Nomura's Australian Advisory Board. Mr Strong was a former chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, Woolworths, Rip Curl and IAG.

John Forsyth, Chairman, Dymocks Group of Companies said: "James was a big supporter of young people who wanted to excel. He was also extremely proud of the companies he worked with throughout his career. Partnering with the University of Sydney will help ensure James' legacy lives on, changing lives for generations to come."

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said: "Mr Strong had such a profound impact on the people he worked with. It is an honour to commemorate Mr Strong's varied pursuits and outstanding achievements by establishing scholarships that will help encourage and challenge the emerging leaders of tomorrow. We are inspired by the generosity of these organisations who share our vision for the future."

The funds invested to establish the six James Strong scholarships will also contribute towards the University's newly launched INSPIRED fundraising Campaign, which aims to raise $600m from more than 40,000 donors.

The inaugural James Strong scholarship recipients will be announced later this year.

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