Presentation Ceremony of the
2021 John Monash Scholars
Top row: Bronte Gosper, Jessica Coldrey, Dr Ashray Gunjur
Middle Row: Captain Amrinder Singh Ghuman, Lieutenant Hannah Phelps, Dr Mark Chia, Daniel Yore, Peter Clark
Front Row: Foundation Chairman, Jillian Segal AO, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, Alice Crawford
On Tuesday 2nd March, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Foundation’s Patron-in-Chief, presented nine of our 2021 John Monash Scholars with their Scholarship Certificates in a special ceremony hosted at Government House, Canberra by the Governor General and Mrs Hurley. Unfortunately four of the 2021 Scholars are currently overseas and therefore unable to attend the ceremony, including: Lauren Bennett, Emily Ragus. Holli Sargeant and Dr Brett Shannon.
We were delighted to share the occasion with 60 guests including Foundation supporters, friends, scholar alumni and families in what was a very celebratory and memorable occasion. We are extremely grateful for the gracious and kind hospitality by the Governor General, Mrs Hurley and the Government House staff.
From an extremely competitive field of 360 applications, 13 outstanding Australians have been awarded John Monash Scholarships for 2021 commencement. They represent 11 different universities across Australia and will be travelling to universities in Europe, the UK and the USA for their postgraduate study. This year we have a broad range of destination universities including the University of Amsterdam, Warwick University and the University of Illinois. Each institution has been chosen by the Scholars for the particular programs they offer for specific research and practice.
The collective awards represent 30 scholarship years and include three new doctoral degrees focused on supporting the important areas of sustainable futures, social innovation and cohesion, and cross-sectoral collaborations, made possible by funding from philanthropist Judith Neilson AM.
The collective breadth and depth of the skills, experience and ambitious goals of the 2021 cohort of John Monash Scholars again gives us confidence about the impact they will have as leaders who will help us shape a positive future for Australia.