A year like no other: Top VCE students awarded scholarship
After a tumultuous year, where Victorian Year 12 students spent nearly two terms away from the classroom, today many of Victoria’s highest-achieving students were offered a Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship to study at the University of Melbourne next year.
The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship offers students a generous, HECS-exempt Commonwealth Supported Place in one of the University of Melbourne’s undergraduate degrees and for Victorian secondary school leavers a $5000 annual allowance for the duration of their undergraduate degree.
Scholars from interstate will receive a HECS-exempt place as well as an annual allowance of $10,000 over the duration of their undergraduate degree.
Students will also receive a Melbourne Global Scholar’s Award of up to $2500 for an approved period of overseas study as an Exchange or Study Abroad student.
Students who achieved an ATAR or equivalent of 99.9 or above are eligible, as are Bachelor of Music applicants who achieved an ATAR or equivalent of 99.85 or above and Indigenous students who gained an ATAR of 90.00 or above.
Congratulating the new scholars, University of Melbourne Acting Provost and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim McCluskey said that the resilience and determination of the 2020 VCE cohort was remarkable.
“The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the important role universities play in undertaking world-class research, collaboration and in equipping the next generation to prevent and overcome future challenges," Professor McCluskey said.
"I am delighted to welcome these outstanding students to the University of Melbourne – an institution that celebrates academic achievement and values the richness and diversity of a truly global community.”
Professor McCluskey also acknowledged the role teachers and parents played in ensuring students’ academic success with the rapid shift to online learning, thanking them for their hard work, support and creativity.
“We owe an enormous thanks to educators in our schools and in our universities for their tireless work in ensuring that all students could learn even through the challenging and unpredictable circumstances that coronavirus restrictions presented.”
The Chancellor’s Scholarship is one of the most generous in Australia and offers guaranteed pathways into graduate study including the Juris Doctor and Doctor of Medicines courses.
This year the University was ranked number one in Australia for the eleventh straight year in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
VCE students offered a Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship today are Indigenous, local and international students and include:
Rion Ahl – Scotch College
William Browning – Trinity Grammar School
Lewei Cai – Melbourne High School
Celina Chear – Mac. Robertson Girls High School
Sarah Chuang – John Monash Science School
Rishov Doloi – Trinity Grammar School
Brooke Doolan Methodist Ladies’ College
Sebastian El-Khoury – St Kevin's College Toorak
James Garnham Camberwell Grammar School
Joshua Golshevsky – Mount Scopus Memorial College
Sarah Harrington – Loreto College
Finley Japp – Ballarat Grammar
Yichen Jiang – Scotch College
Vanessa Jin – Ruyton Girls' School
Yang Jin – Scotch College
Tom Johnstone – Melbourne High School
Kate Joseland – Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School
Luke Kim – Melbourne High School
Benjamin Kyval – Yarra Valley Grammar School
Jiaxun Leng – Haileybury College
Jingjing Li – Strathmore Secondary College
Jun Wen Lin – Haileybury College
Jaden Ling – Melbourne Grammar School
Justin Mitchell – St Kevin's College Toorak
Jingyue Na – Haileybury Girls College
Jessica Nguy – Mac.Robertson Girls High School
Martin Nguyen – Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
ThuyKhue Nguyen – McKinnon Secondary College
Ella Phillips – Mentone Girls' Grammar School
Jessica Purvis – Wonthaggi Secondary College (Senior Camp)
Laughlan Rae – Vermont Secondary College
Samuel Sail – Beaconhills College-Pakenham
Martyn Schwarz – Mount Scopus Memorial College
Jack Stewart – Trinity Grammar School
Zheng Ze Tam – Camberwell Grammar School
Darren Tan – Scotch College
Luke Tarola – Westbourne Grammar School-Hoppers Crossing
Hikari Tomota – Ballarat Clarendon College
Eric Wang – Melbourne Grammar School
Chen Wang – John Monash Science School
Lili Way – Peninsula Grammar
Zachery Weller – Bialik College
Thomas Williams – St Kevin's College Toorak
Maya Wilmshurst – Ruyton Girls' School
Matthew Wu – Camberwell Grammar School
Zijin Xu – Caulfield Grammar School