The UWA Fogarty Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program
In partnership with The University of Western Australia
The UWA Fogarty Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships Program was established in 2004 and is one of Australia’s premier scholarship programs. It is a joint education investment between the Fogarty Foundation and The University of Western Australia.
The Scholarships encourage high achieving students to remain and study in this state at UWA. The scholarships provide them with the financial and mentoring support and encourage excellence in their studies.
The Program offers up to four regional and ten city scholarships each year with full tuition fees, over $1,000 annually for other expenses and for regional students, accommodation at one of the University’s residential colleges.
In 2013 there are 58 UWA Fogarty Scholars and 31 Alumni. The Scholars are chosen from among Western Australia’s brightest and most committed young people. They have all achieved outstanding academic success and are highly accomplished in other areas including leadership capacity, sporting and artistic achievements and community involvement. Each year since 2007, the Beazley Medallist, the State’s leading student, has accepted one of these scholarships to remain in WA to study at UWA.
UWA Fogarty Foundation Leadership Program
A long term objective of the Scholarship Program is to develop a network of significant leaders through exposure to a Leadership Program. This provides an excellent opportunity for Scholars to learn from today’s leaders and be given a broader insight into major challenges within the community and how they can contribute.
The Leadership Program has been designed to stimulate Scholars to reflect on the issue of leadership and its practices and includes mentoring, networking and leadership opportunities and a Leaders Series of seminars and events where they can meet and talk with leaders from a range of community and corporate organisations.
The UWA Fogarty Scholars’ Association (FSA) has developed into dynamic group organising many activities and building strong relationships amongst the Scholars. Led this year by President Bharath Iyer and Vice President Mark Shelton, the FSA committee offers places for all first year Scholars and representatives from all other year groups. Broadly, the FSA aims to provide development, networking and leadership opportunities for present and past scholars.
The FSA run a range of events each year, including running public conversations with leaders and entrepreneurs, development workshops for scholars, various fundraising activities, social events and a flagship leadership conference to be held in September. The FSA also provides the opportunity for scholars to express their creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership by offering support for their projects.
For more information on the FSA, visit http://www.fogartyscholars.org.au/
There are a number of scholars who are involved in voluntary initiatives that address a need in the community, including Teach Learn Grow, WA Student TV, Ignite and Profectus. The Fogarty Foundation believes that being hands-on and involved in these types of organisations enriches the learning experience for the scholars beyond the classroom environment.
The UWA Fogarty Scholars Alumni are continuing their studies in Perth, interstate and overseas in medicine, economics and astrophysics and taking up roles in law, medicine and archaeology. David Sherwood (2012 Alumni) received the 2013 Rhodes Scholarship and will be travelling to Oxford University later this year to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Additionally Rachel Paterson (2010) received the 2012 Rhodes Scholarship and is studying for her Doctorate in Infection, Immunology and Translational Medicine at Oxford.
The inaugural Jeremy Cheang Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in 2013 in honour of UWA Fogarty Scholar Jeremy Cheang who died in January 2012. The scholarship will be awarded to the UWA Fogarty Scholar who makes the most significant contribution to either the university, their profession or the community.
The Alumni provides a beneficial network for this group of future leaders as they make their way forward in their professions.