ACU’s Scholarships and Awards ceremony was held at our North Sydney Campus on 16 May 2017 to recognise the many achievements of our students and to acknowledge the important contribution of local organisations and university supporters.
The awards recognised an array of accomplishments, including academic excellence, community engagement and contribution, and professional values and excellence. The ceremony hosted by Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Marea Nicholson was attended by 120 guests, with many family and friends there to support the deserving award recipients.
We were privileged to have representatives from: -
Aspen Medical, Australian Computer Society
Northside Group Mental Health Services (Ramsay Health Services)
RSL Life Care
Council for Catholic School Parents
and our local resident benefactor, Mary Curran.
The evening began with the presentation of prizes and awards, including the newly established OT Australia Clinical Fieldwork prize, which is offered to fourth year occupational therapy students who have demonstrated an excellent achievement in clinical field work.
This year, we continued to present the Australian Catholic University Academic Excellence Scholarship. There were six deserving recipients at the North Sydney ceremony, four of whom are currently enrolled in health sciences degrees.
The ceremony’s vote of thanks was delivered by Thomas Skelly, a Bachelor of Education student and the recipient of the Council of Catholic School Parents Scholarship. Thomas’s origins lie in the NSW Southern Tablelands in the small town of Crookwell, about 250km south west of Sydney. At the age of 16, he headed off to boarding school, which proved to be a life-changing experience. All of his great teachers inspired him to become one himself. So far, teaching has taken Thomas across Sydney and even across the seas – he was accepted into FutureSense’s Challenges Abroad Program, where he spent two weeks teaching English in rural Thailand.
The awards ceremony was followed by celebratory drinks and lots of laughter, and it was great to see so many recipients and supporters having the chance to connect.
The ACU Foundation is deeply grateful for the generous support of our donors and partners and for believing in our students. In addition, the ACU Foundation would also like to extend its appreciation to all faculty members that attended the event to support all of the recipients.
Based on the 2017 event, the 2018 scholarships and awards ceremony will be something to look forward to.