Students receive uni scholarships

Sep 8, 2019 | Garnsey News

Two Year 12 Gippsland Grammar students have received prestigious scholarships to attend university in 2020. Ben Harms has been awarded a $125,000 Tuckwell Scholarship to attend Canberra’s Australian National University for five years, while classmate Kali Irvine-Nagle has been selected in the first intake of Hansen Scholars to study at The University of Melbourne to a value of $108,000.

These generous scholarships will ensure these two Gippsland Grammar students benefit from amazing opportunities to kick-start great careers with both prizes including accommodation, a living allowance, mentoring and pastoral care. 

Ben, who lives in Briagolong, plans to study politics, philosophy and economics with international relations over five years. The 16-year-old said his scholarship boost was going change his life. “It means I can start university straight away and the funding will get me right through to the end of my post graduate degree as well,” Ben said. 

Kali is working towards a biomedicine degree for next year and is currently considering being a medical researcher but is not set on it, preferring to see where her life and the scholarship opportunities take her once she relocates from Yarram to Melbourne. “I am told that when I was little I wanted to be an inventor,” she smiled. “I’ve always had a fascination for science and I love watching shows such as Catalyst and New Inventor.” 

Twenty students from around Australia were awarded Hansen Scholarships from more than 500 applications. Similarly, 25 were chosen for a Tuckwell Scholarship from a competitive field of 690 applicants.

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As part of the selection process, both local students spent a weekend participating in interviews and workshops. Kali met with Program Patron Jane Hansen who explained the reason behind the program. “The crafting of the Hansen Scholarship Program supports our belief that equality of opportunity is fundamental to a fair and just society,” Ms Hansen said. “We are delighted to offer a promising future to our first intake of very impressive and highly aspirational young Australians.” 

Both students need to get ATAR scores that apply to their chosen courses and will commence university in February 2020. 

Gippsland Grammar’s Academic Results

Gippsland Grammar’s 2018 Dux was Joshua Strauss with ATAR of 99.85. The School’s median ATAR score was 77 and 14 per cent of our students achieved a score above 90, which placed them in the top 10 per cent of the state. Impressively, 37 per cent of the School’s students achieved an ATAR score higher than 80, which placed them in the top 20 per cent of the state. Gippsland Grammar is always pleased with the results obtained by its high-achieving students, however, there are many stories of success and students achieving their own levels of personal excellence. Gippsland Grammar is proud of all of our students.


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