It was a pleasure to attend the annual Hughes Bequest Society luncheon at Ayers House. This event is the annual opportunity to thank our bequestors for their support and to celebrate the many gifts and bequests that have been made to the University.
Guest speaker Tom Merrett, a recent graduate who was supported by a scholarship in Chemical Engineering throughout his studies, shared his inspirational story. Tom wrote his honours thesis on the synthesis of novel nanomaterials for applications in energy storage and is currently the Director of Operations and Marketing at Good Super ─ Australia’s first social impact superannuation fund.
Student scholarship recipients Kylie Do and James Hughes spoke about how the support provided by their scholarships has made a marked difference to their lives. James is currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Aerospace), and is the recipient of the Andy Thomas Scholarship and Kylie is a recent recipient of the Augustus Short Scholarship and in her first year of a double degree, Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Science.
Guests were treated to a performance from two rising stars of the Elder Conservatorium of Music: Jennifer Bird who is currently undertaking her Master of Philosophy and Charles Klein who is studying for a Masters of Oboe Performance.