Celebrating Western Australia’s John Monash Scholars

Celebrating WA Scholars Feb 2014

On Thursday February 20, over 50 people gathered at Government House, Perth, to celebrate Western Australia’s John Monash Scholars.  The event was hosted by the Foundation’s Patron, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs McCusker.

To date 11 Scholars have been elected directly through the Western Australian Selection Panel, with another handful of Scholars educated in Western Australia being elected elsewhere.  These Scholars are now completing their degrees and returning to Western Australia.  Two more – Alexa Morcombe and Alexandra Readhead – were elected in 2014.  In addition to these, the event celebrated Dr Tom Hanna (2004), now working in Perth, and Sylvia Lockyer (2010), just returning from New Zealand.

The Governor spoke eloquently of the importance of John Monash, and the unique proposition of the Scholarships in his name.  John Monash visited Western Australia three times, at pivotal points in his career.   The Scholarships provide extraordinary opportunity, in allowing emerging leaders, not limited by age, to attend any university around the world.  The Governor also noted the very welcome attendance of Veterans’ Affairs Minister The Hon Joe Francis MLA, representing the Premier of the State, and many leaders from the business and university community.

In her Vote of Thanks, Foundation Chairman Jillian Segal AM praised the wonderful work of the WA Selection Panels, and paid tribute to the support provided by key sponsors: Woodside Energy, Wesfarmers, BHP Billiton, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and Murdoch University.  She also talked about the recent formation of the Chairman’s Circle, a group of philanthropic leaders funding Scholarships through private contributions.  Foundation Director Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA has provided great leadership in raising the profile of the Scholarships in his home State.

After the conclusion of the Government House function, major sponsor Woodside hosted a private lunch for its two 2014 Scholars, Alexa Morcombe and Bridget Healy.  Woodside executive Shaun Gregory and CEO Peter Colman congratulated Bridget and Alexa, and discussed with the Foundation their company’s innovative approaches to talent development.