Scholarship recipients grasp opportunities with both handsThe generosity of Old Collegians inspired Class of 2018 student Andrew Duan to take his College experience “with both hands”.
the recipient of the Philip Hall Scholarship, was one of the select
group of Victorian students who achieved the highest possible ATAR of
99.95 last year. Not only was he an academic high achiever, he also made
the most of the opportunities on offer at the College by taking part in
music, debating and leadership roles.
“The knowledge that my
education at the College has been crucially supported and even made
possible by this scholarship has encouraged me to take it with both
hands – to make the most of the rich opportunities, small and large,
offered by the College in both academic and co-curricular domains and to
partake in my studies with conviction and enthusiasm. For this I am
truly grateful,” Andrew said.
“Moreover, the scholarship has
allowed me to appreciate the strong sense of community in the College
and the pivotal role it plays in the educational experiences of us
students. This has driven me to give back to the community through
leadership roles and miscellaneous opportunities (for example, tour
guiding), as well as seeking to be a positive and committed member of
the community at all times – indeed, kindness and respect to make an
Scholarships and bursaries funded by
generous College community members such as Philip Hall (OGC 1936) and Dr
George Tippett (OGC 1940) opens the College gates to worthy students
who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.
assistance, I would not be the person I am today and it has shaped me
and offered me a lifetime of memories and opportunities unlike any other
school,” Keeley Troop (OGC 2018) said.
“Without Dr Tippett’s
bursary, I would have never been able to travel to Vietnam with the
Fulfilling Lives program and witness firsthand how our assistance and
hard work can impact those in a less fortunate community. This trip was
extremely eye-opening for myself and those around me and getting to live
amongst those in the village was something I’ll never forget, and a
feeling I’ll never be able to recreate,” she said.
and Keeley spoke glowingly about their time at College. “Not only have
the academic programs and extra-curricular opportunities been
outstanding but I have also met many amazing people (some of whom, I
know, would not have attended this school had it not been for
scholarships) who have given me great support and inspired me to be
kind, diligent, resilient, loving and, most importantly, courageous,”
“Whilst not every day was easy and not every test
result was what I aimed for, all the bumps in the road made me a better,
stronger person and it’s all thanks to the amazing staff and students I
received constant support from since 2013. I will never forget my time
at College and the lessons I learnt (both in the classroom and beyond),
the amazing people I met and the activities I participated in and I have
Dr Tippett to thank for changing my life completely.”