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Prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship presented to outstanding St Mark’s student

Prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship presented to outstanding St Mark’s student

St Mark’s hosted the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship presentation this morning, Wednesday 27th May 2015. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Hawker family member the Hon David Hawker AO presented five young Charles Hawker Scholars from all over Australia with their scholarship certificates.

One of the new scholars, Alexander Makarowsky is a resident at St Mark’s and studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at the University of Adelaide.

The late Lilias Needham, in memory of her brother, established the Charles Hawker Scholarship Trust. The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship, valued at up to $60,000.00 over four years, is one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Charles Hawker was perhaps one of the most significant founders and benefactors of St Mark’s College and was a member of the College Council from its establishment until his death.  Charles Hawker was very fond of St Mark’s and he has been quoted as saying a few days after the election in 1931 outside the front of the College “the election was a great thing for Australia, but the work here is an even greater thing”.

The generosity of this scholarship has and continues to enable young people with bright and inquiring minds to enrich and augment their university studies with life in a university residential college.

St Mark's student Alexander Makarowsky is one of five 2015 Hawker Scholars.

St Mark’s student Mr Alexander Makarowsky is one of five 2015 Hawker Scholars.

There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character, who are committed to Australia’s future.

Charles Hawker had a lasting impact on Australian politics and all members of the federal house had an enormous respect for him during his time as Australia’s first Minister for Commerce in the Lyons government in the 1930s.   “He was a great Australian who offered his best through his commitment to his country, countrymen and women and democracy; these are values that I hope the scholars today take with them into their studies. Through his example and these scholarships it’s my hope that public service will be included in the career options of recipients,” the Hon David Hawker AO said.

Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability. Applications for the 2016 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on December 7th 2015 and close on January 8th 2016.  An application form and further information is available from www.hawkerscholarship.org.

The Hon David Hawker AO presented the scholarship certificates and detailed aspects of Charles’ incredible life.

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