James Rapley Memorial Scholarship

April 14 / 134

Rapley family members with inaugural scholarship recipient Mathew Peverill. From left to right: David Rapley (brother of James), Judy Rapley (mother of James), John Rapley (father of James), Mathew Peverill, David Macedo, Julia Rapley (sister of James) and Karen Scott (girlfriend of James).
Rapley family members with inaugural scholarship recipient Mathew Peverill. From left to right: David Rapley (brother of James), Judy Rapley (mother of James), John Rapley (father of James), Mathew Peverill, David Macedo, Julia Rapley (sister of James) and Karen Scott (girlfriend of James).

Whitley College and the Rapley family have launched the James Rapley Scholarship in memory of alumnus and Whitley College resident, James Rapley who was tragically killed last year.

The scholarship will help students from rural backgrounds who are studying engineering or science degrees with their accommodation fees at Whitley College.

The college presented the memorial scholarship to the inaugural recipient, Mr Mathew Peverill at a dinner attended by Mr Rapley’s family, friends and Alumni.  

Mr Rapley was born on 7 August 1984 in Seymour, central Victoria. He graduated from the Seymour Technical High School with an ENTER score (now known as ATAR) of 99.45, placing him in the top 120 students in the state.

He accepted a full academic scholarship to the University to study a double degree in electrical engineering and computer science. Mr Rapley lived at Whitley College from 2003 to 2005 while completing his studies. He graduated with first-class honours in his Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees in 2007.  

Mr Rapley had a successful career in software development, working for IBM and Redflex Traffic Systems in Australia and Groupon in the United States. He was struck and killed while cycling in Los Angeles on 22 December 2013.

The inaugural scholarship recipient, Mathew Peverill, is from Charlton in Northern Victoria and is completing his Bachelor of Science degree. 

He thanked Mr Rapley’s family and said he was honoured to receive this scholarship.

 “After completing my Bachelor of Science, I hope to become an electrical engineer and have a similar career path to James’,” Mr Peverill said. 

When speaking to the students, John Rapley, father of James, said the scholarship honoured his commitment to charitable organisations.

“James had a tremendous social conscience and was frequently donating, not only his money, but his time, towards a number of charitable undertakings,” he said. 

“The establishment of a perpetual scholarship to help rural students studying either an engineering or science degree, to meet part of their accommodation fees at Whitley College, was the most appropriate thing we could do to properly honour James’ memory.”

Rev Dr Frank Rees, the Principal of Whitley College, expressed his sorrow at the loss of James Rapley to the College community, but welcomed the launch of the scholarship.

“Although we have lost a bright and vibrant member of our community, I believe other brilliant students like James would receive practical help from this memorial scholarship,” he said.

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