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Inaugural Jean Galbraith Scholarship Awarded

Former Catholic Regional College student Alison Vaughan, has been awarded the inaugural Jean Galbraith Scholarship in Botany and Conservation Biology

By Latrobe City Council - 16th July 2001 - Back to News

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Former Catholic Regional College student now studying at Melbourne University, Alison Vaughan, has been awarded the inaugural Jean Galbraith Scholarship in Botany and Conservation Biology, by the Latrobe City Trust.

The scholarship, worth $1,000, was established to commemorate the life and work of the late Miss Jean Galbraith, who was born and lived in Tyers for most of her life. The scholarship is to be awarded annually and is open to tertiary students continuing with full-time studies in botany, ecology or conservation of natural resources.

In making the presentation, Mrs Auchterlonie said the Trustees were pleased to be able to award the inaugural scholarship to a student of Alison’s calibre. Alison undertook all of her primary and secondary education in Traralgon.

"Alison’s formal studies and her voluntary activities at the University of Melbourne Herbarium are closely aligned with Jean Galbraith’s interests and her academic results to date have been excellent," Mrs Auchterlonie said.

Alison is currently enrolled in the fifth year of a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, and is undertaking majors in Botany, Zoology, Australian Studies and History.

On accepting the award, Alison said her science degree, which reflected her long held interest in, and passion for the natural world, was complimented by her Arts Degree which focussed on Australian history, social and environmental politics and management, and indigenous studies.

"I’ve found that the combination of practical and theoretical knowledge offered by the two degrees has been invaluable in providing me with a comprehensive understanding of natural science as well the social and political systems that affect them," Alison said.

"On completion of my undergraduate studies next year, I hope to pursue my botanical and environmental interests through postgraduate study and eventually through research in the field or at the National Herbarium."

Latrobe City trustee and Mayor, Cr Brendan Jenkins, said Jean Galbraith was known, loved and respected by people throughout Australia. "Her death in 1999, at the age of 92, saw the passing of one of Gippsland’s and indeed, Australia’s most noted botanists and authors," Cr Jenkins said.

"The intention of the Trust is to support students majoring in areas broadly related to the scientific interests of the late Jean Galbraith, by providing a grant of $500 for each year of studies to assist with the purchase of course materials or with field work costs," Cr Jenkins said.

The Jean Galbraith Scholarship in Botany and Conservation Biology Fund is one of several funds managed by the Latrobe City Trust for the benefit of individuals and charitable bodies within the Latrobe community.

The Trust is a fully registered charitable trust, independent of Council, and donations greater than $2 are tax deductible. Further information is available from Mark Brady at Latrobe City Council, telephone 1300 367 700.


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