BCG scholarship helps Sydney student pursue international goals for greater equality and justice
2 November 2009
University of Sydney law and history student, Naomi Hart, has won The Boston Consulting Group's Undergraduate Scholarship for 2009.
BCG director, Tom von Oertzen, today announced the winner of this year's scholarship, which comes with a cash bursary of $10,000.
"The scholarship provides support and recognition for a talented young Australian in his or her penultimate year of study. Naomi is a very worthy winner from a strong field of candidates."
Naomi, 22, is undertaking a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree between 2005 and 2010. In 2008, she completed the honours year of her Bachelor of Arts degree, for which she received the university medal in history. Naomi is now in the penultimate year of a law degree.
Naomi said she chose to study law because she is interested in justice, while her interest in history goes back to early high school.
"I believe the law has the potential to protect and empower citizens. But I'm also aware of the shortcomings of the legal system as a safeguard for our rights and am committed to fine-tuning our laws so that they better promote social justice and equality. In particular, I'm attracted to learning more about international law."
Naomi's interest in social justice is reflected in her involvement in a number of extra-curricular and volunteer organisations.
She is NSW director of Left Right Think-Tank, which was established in 2008 to involve young people in making public policy, and has served as executive director of The Sydney Globalist, an international affairs magazine published by undergraduate students.
Since 2007, she has been a volunteer legal assistant and shift supervisor at Redfern Legal Centre, the largest community legal centre in Australia, and has recently taken up a volunteer post at the Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistant Scheme at Newtown Local Court.
Naomi said she plans to undertake an internship at an international non-government organisation after completing her university studies, or possibly further studies overseas in the field of international law.
"The BCG Undergraduate Scholarship will enable me to save up to make those ambitions possible while continuing to dedicate most of my time over the next year to volunteer and community work."
About The Boston Consulting Group Undergraduate Scholarship
The $10,000 scholarship is awarded to students in their penultimate year of study.
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