Harrison Beer, a 16-year-old student from Sydney, is the first recipient of the Dixon-Walsh Scholarship. He will be studying a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and a Bachelor of Statistics at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE).
Harrison was thrilled to learn that he would be the inaugural recipient of the Dixon-Walsh Scholarship.
"Financing university is one of those parts of life where even the prospect of struggling in the future can put a lot of strain on you. Being told that I was being given the opportunity to go to University and not struggle financially was amazing."
CBE alumnus, Mr. Alan Dixon, established the Scholarship with a $1.35m donation in 2017 in honour of the friendship between his father, Daryl Dixon, and Daryl's colleague and lifelong friend, Max Walsh.
Daryl and his wife Kate Dixon said that they were eager to follow Harrison's progress.
"We are delighted to have met Harrison, such a gifted and thoughtful young man. The scholarship raises awareness of the disadvantages students of many backgrounds face in accessing quality tertiary education. We hope Harrison will fulfil his potential and have a rewarding student experience at ANU".
The scholarship is awarded to disadvantaged students commencing undergraduate studies at the CBE Research School of Finance and Actuarial Studies and Statistics (RSFAS).
Interim Director of RSFAS, Steve Sault, says that the scholarship will have a transformative impact on many students.
"This scholarship will help to transform many students' lives well into the future by creating an equal footing and ensuring that financial hardship is not an impediment to study at ANU."