Celebrating Travel with the Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholarship

March 14 / 131

The 2013 Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholarship recipients with Professor Richard James and Ms Lin Martin. Photo: Catherine Evans.
The 2013 Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholarship recipients with Professor Richard James and Ms Lin Martin. Photo: Catherine Evans.

The University has hosted a celebration to congratulate the 2013 Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholarship recipients. 

The equity scholarship provides funds for high–achieving undergraduate students to take part in short study programs at universities overseas. 

Professor Richard James, Pro Vice Chancellor, Equity and Student Engagement, congratulated the 19 recipients who used the scholarships to study in 15 different countries.

The scholarship’s namesake and equity champion, Ms Lin Martin, spoke at the event and emphasised the enduring personal and academic benefits of studying overseas.

Professor James praised Ms Martin for her ground–breaking work in creating an equity policy framework in Australian education.

“Her central interest is providing for those with potential. Naming the scholarship after Lin Martin was our way of honouring her work which has endured for more than 30 years,” he said.

Ms Rhiannon Scully, Bachelor of Arts student used her scholarship to attend George Washington University. She said she enjoyed living in Washington DC.

“The highlight was witnessing President Obama’s inaugural address at National Mall on 21 January, 2013,” she said.

“I am now much more confident in my ability to interact and meet new people. Despite having poor hearing, I feel a greater sense of independence and determination. 

“Completely changing your environment makes you more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses and helps you to become very self-sufficient,” Ms Scully said.

Camilla Best, who is studying Theatre and English at Barnard College, New York, said she was grateful the scholarship gave her the financial security to live and study in New York City.

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