Commitment to social change wins Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for Melbourne graduate

November 15 / 170

2016 Victorian Rhodes Scholar Matthew Pierri. Photo: Louise Bennet
2016 Victorian Rhodes Scholar Matthew Pierri. Photo: Louise Bennet

JD student Matthew Pierri has been awarded the 2016 Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.

Mr Pierri completed a Melbourne BA majoring in Media and Communications and Chinese Language and is due to complete a JD from the Melbourne Law School this year.  He plans to study a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government while he’s at Oxford.

Mr Pierri said he was thrilled to receive the scholarship, which will allow him to further his ambition to achieve social change at a systemic level.

“Over the last few years, I’ve advocated to change the perception and treatment of people with spinal cord injuries and I strongly believe that progressive and practical public policy is needed to address increasingly complex and multi-faceted social problems,” he said.

“By encouraging a positive, open-minded approach to disability, I believe we can remove the common, conservative misconceptions of the achievable quality of life for those living with disabilities and permit people to reach their full potential.

“At Oxford, I hope to gain the interdisciplinary problem-solving and policy implementation tools to become a leading strategic thinker within the public sector.”

Congratulating Mr Pierri on his achievement, Honorary Secretary of the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee Dean of the Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said all the applicants demonstrated exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

“The selection committee was extremely impressed by all the applicants for this year’s Victorian Rhodes Scholarship. They have significant accomplishments and their commitment to making a difference is exceptional,” she said.


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