Sydney University student wins NSW Rhodes Scholarship

1 November 2007

Joanna with members of the selection committee at NSW Government House
Joanna with members of the selection committee at NSW Government House

The winner of the 2008 NSW Rhodes Scholarship is Joanna Mascarenhas, a University of Sydney economics/law undergraduate.

The announcement was made today at NSW Government House by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales.

Joanna Mascarenhas, aged 24, aims to use her Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to undertake an MPhil in civil law with particular focus on European labour law.

She was educated at MLC School, Burwood, before entering the University of Sydney where she completed a BA in economics and law.

Joanna has completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award, has played hockey for the University of Sydney, represented the University in inter varsity debating, and served as an editor of the student newspaper Honi Soit. She's an active youth worker and has been a full-time volunteer with Youth Mission Team Australia.

Joanna has gained experience as a paralegal in the areas of labour law and litigation and wishes to study civil law at Oxford.

When she returns to Australia Joanna says: "I would like to inject fresh ideas into the debate over what shape our labour laws should take. I believe we need an innovative model of labour law that improves our international competitiveness but does not marginalise the more vulnerable workers."

From the selection of this year's NSW Rhodes Scholarship finalists, two other participants will now go into the selection for the 'Australia at Large Rhodes Scholarship', which will be announced in Canberra later this year. They are Phoebe Williams, a University of Sydney student who is studying for a bachelor of medicine/surgery, and Thomas Arnott, who has been studying for a bachelor of mechatronic engineering and commerce at the University of New South Wales.

Last year's NSW Rhodes Scholarship winner Kate Brennan, who is currently undertaking postgraduate study in development studies at Oxford, is also a University of Sydney graduate.

Previous prominent Rhodes Scholars include Malcolm Turnbull, Geoffrey Robertson, Kim Beazley and Bob Hawke.

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