Four outstanding ANU alumni have received the prestigious 2020 John Monash Scholarships to undertake their postgraduate studies at world-renowned institutions. Counted amongst the most important overseas study programs in Australia, these scholarships are awarded every year to support exceptional Australians with the qualities to contribute to a positive future.
Ruth Moorman PhB '19, Brooke Greenwood GDLP '14, LLB (Hon) '13, BA '13, Tess Kelly BA '16, LLB (Hon) '16 and Michael McGuire BA '10, LLB (Hon) '10 were among a select group of 20 John Monash Scholars picked from 324 applicants. They were selected by an eminent group of Australians, including former Supreme Court judges, industry leaders, academics, leaders of business, policy advisors and scientists from around the country. The Scholars are selected for demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership ability and their vision to deliver a positive impact for the benefit of Australia.
The world is their oyster now
Tess plans to use the Monash Scholarship to study at Harvard University to further develop her skills and knowledge in the areas of health justice collaboration, law and policy development.
"I am humbled to have been awarded a John Monash Scholarship to support my postgraduate studies in the US next year," she says. "Through my Masters, I hope to build on the experience I have gained working at Danila Dilba, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Darwin for the past two years."
Ruth feels being an ANU graduate laid a strong foundation for her scholarship journey to Princeton.
"The small class sizes, fantastic research staff, and particulars of the PhB (Science) program at ANU enabled me to find my passion in ocean and atmospheric science, develop research skills early in my studies, and benefit from the guidance of wonderful mentors," says Ruth.
Michael is already pursuing an MBA at INSEAD Business School (Singapore) as a John Monash Scholar, to bring a deeper understanding of business to Australia's economic diplomacy, and help adapt it to a fast changing global economy. Brooke will be pursuing a Masters of Law at Columbia University, where she will study how innovative strategies used by American public interest organisations could be successfully deployed in Australia.Story by Subu Shankar