Booleroo Centre student first to be awarded prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship

AWARD: Recipient Ella Graham, second from left, with presenter David Hawker AO, father Bill Graham, her brother Jack Graham and her mother Wanda Rainsford, far left.

AWARD: Recipient Ella Graham, second from left, with presenter David Hawker AO, father Bill Graham, her brother Jack Graham and her mother Wanda Rainsford, far left.

Ella Graham made history by becoming the first Booleroo Centre student to be awarded the prestige C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship.

She received the bursary from former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Hawker family member David Hawker AO at a ceremony at St Mark’s College in Adelaide earlier this month.

The scholarship perpetuates the memory and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers.

Born in 1894 at Bungaree homestead near Clare in South Australia, Charles Allan Seymour Hawker was educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. 

The student, soldier, pastoralist and statesman died in the Kyeema air disaster on October 25, 1938.

Postgraduate recipients are able to follow in Charles Hawker’s footsteps by studying at Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Ella is enrolled at the University of Adelaide and is studying a double degree of Law and Development Studies.

An exceptional student, she completed her Year 12 studies at Booleroo District Centre School in 2015 with an ATAR of 99.95.

In her final year, Ella achieved the award of Student of the Year, the school’s highest honour for academic and personal success.  

This award is given to a student who “demonstrates outstanding academic and extra-curricular ability, cooperation and courtesy”.

Ella was recognised as the outstanding student in English, Humanities, the Arts and cross-disciplinary studies. She received merits for three of these subjects from the SACE Board and all of her results were in the ‘A’ band.

She was awarded a Governor of South Australia Commendation award for her academic success (the equivalent of an ‘A’ grade in most subjects) and for demonstrating development of “one or more of the SACE capabilities to an exceptional level”.

Hawker Scholars in 2017 are enrolled at the Australian National University, Marcus Oldham College, the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Adelaide.

Mr Hawker congratulated Ella and all the scholarship recipients. ​”They are gifted scholars with inquiring minds,” he said.

‘They have already significantly contributed to the well-being of the wider community.”

The late Lilias Needham, in memory of her brother, established the Charles Hawker Scholarship Trust.

The scholarship is one of the most generous privately-funded residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Since 1990, the trustees have awarded more than $5 million to 118 young Australian students, including a significant number from the country.

Some successful Hawker scholars have also completed part of their degree when they apply.

The four successful candidates for 2017 were awarded scholarships from a strong field of 184 nation-wide applicants.

Scholarships are awarded each year to capable students of principle and character, who are committed to Australia’s future.

The scholarship perpetuates the memory and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers.

Born in 1894 at Bungaree homestead near Clare in South Australia, Charles Hawker was educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Student, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker died in the Kyeema air disaster on October 25, 1938.

Postgraduate Charles Hawker Scholars are also able to follow in Charles Hawker’s footsteps by studying at Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Undergraduate and postgraduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of educational institutions. These include the Australian National, Adelaide, Flinders, South Australian and New England Universities and Marcus Oldham College. 

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