12 June, 2017

Fifty $1,000 Golden Jubilee Student Bursaries

A major fund-raising activity linked to the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Alumni Friends (2017-2018), is the tax-deductible 50th Anniversary Fund, with a target of providing 50 new student bursaries of $1,000 each, to be presented to students in 2017-18. To donate, click here.

This page will be updated with information as more bursaries are presented during the year.


October 2017: Juliet O’Brien (left, on behalf of Mrs Susan Horner) congratulating Amelia Lane, recipient of the The Horner Family Bursary.
A second year Bachelor of Music (Honours) student, Amelia plays the tuba with the UQ Symphony Orchestra, and is currently studying with Thomas Allely (QSO principal tuba). Amelia is the  inaugural President of the Music Students Society. In addition to working hard to establish the new society, Amelia assists with the Faculty’s Hass Crew initiative (which aims to improve the experience of first year students ), and has been involved in running music experience concerts for the people Micah Projects supports (a homelessness support organisation).

October 2017: Juliet O’Brien (left) pictured with the winner of the O’Brien Family Prize, Cassie Slater. Cassie was judged the winner in a competition held for UQ School of Music (Wind and Brass) students. An emerging flautist, Cassie is in her fourth year at UQ, studying a Bachelor of Music (Honours), majoring in performance with Patrick Nolan. Cassie was awarded the 2015 Donald Tugby Music Performance Prize, and was a finalist in the Queensland Flute Guild’s James Carson Memorial Prize (2015 & 2016). As the recipient of the O’Brien Family Prize, Cassie gave a memorable performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata, Op. 94, playing the first and third movements to great acclaim.

September 2017: Edwin Davis (R), recipient of The Brian McGrath Bursary, presented by Mrs Heather McGrath (L) at the UQ  3MT® Final (Customs House). With his three-minute presentation “Drones—Gone with the Wind!”, Edwin (School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering) was the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology UQ 3MT® Finalist, & Overall winner of the 2017 UQ 3MT® Award.

September 2017: Chris McMillan (centre), recipient of The Lorna McReadie Bursary, presented by Dr Melda and Ms Topsy Moffett at the UQ  3MT® Final (Customs House). Chris’ three-minute presentation,“Clamping down on the flavours of Flu,” was judged the Runner-up, and Chris also received the prestigious People’s Choice Award (also provided by Alumni Friends). Chris represented the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, and was the Faculty of Science UQ 3MT® Finalist.

September 2017: Michael Jennings (R), pictured receiving The Fisher Family Award, presented by Dr Steve Papas (R), on behalf of Dr Catherine Lawrence.  Michael represented the School of Education, and was the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences UQ 3MT® Finalist with his presentation “To C, or not to C.”

September 2017:  Joana Revez (R), pictured receiving The Dr Konrad Hirschfeld CBE Bursary, presented by Emeritus Professor Dr Mary Mahoney AO. The Award was presented at the UQ 3MT® Final, held at the Customs House.  Joana, who studies at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research, was the Faculty of Medicine UQ 3MT® Finalist with her presentation “From an asthma risk gene to breathing a sigh of relief.”

September 2017:  Melissa Brinums (R), pictured receiving the Alumni Friends Golden Jubilee Bursary from Dr Patrick Mahoney (L). Melissa was the School of Psychology representative and Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences UQ 3MT® Finalist at the UQ Customs House Final, with her presentation “When do children practice for the future?”

September 2017: Anahita Mizani (R), from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, pictured receiving The Moffett Family Bursary, presented by Mr Doug Moffett (L). Anahita was the ‘All Institutes’ UQ 3MT® Finalist, with her three-minute presentation at the Customs House Final  “Size Does Matter!”

September 2017: Shari O’Brien (pictured right, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences), receiving the Alumni Friends Golden Jubilee Bursary from Mrs Juliet O’Brien (L).  Shari was the ‘Wildcard’ Entrant in the prestigious UQ 3MT® Final, held at the Brisbane Customs House, where she presented  “Learning to improve foot control in Cerebral Palsy.” Shari qualified for the UQ Final following her presentation at the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Final.

September 2017:  Faculty of Business, Economics and Law UQ 3MT® Finalist, Ashley Ding (R),  pictured receiving the Alumni Friends Golden Jubilee Bursary, presented by Mrs Patricia Jones (L). Ashley represented the School of Business (and her Faculty) with her 3MT presentation “This forecast is actually accurate!”



July 2017: Mrs Svetlana Hadgraft (left) pictured with Associate Professor Marisa Cordella-Masini (Director of Studies) at the School of Languages and Cultures event celebrating the presentation of the Alumni Friends Golden Jubilee Bursary (recipient Dominic McCrea).

July 2017: Dominic McCrea, recipient of the Alumni Friends Golden Jubilee Bursary for the School of Languages and Cultures, holding his letter of congratulation from Mrs Svetlana Hadgraft. Dom is pictured alongside the Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM sculpture of UQ philanthropist Dr James Mayne.

May 2017: Mrs Joan Cribb presented the trophy to Max Whiteoak, who scored his second career Great Court Race win (1:30:10). Mrs Cribb is a foundation member of Alumni Friends, and has been a very active volunteer and supporter of the UQ Alumni Book Fair®, having worked in connection with 19 of the 20 Book Fairs. This represents almost 40 years of volunteer work for the Association, and thus also for UQ.

May 2017: Josephine Auer (R) won the Women’s Great Court Race, receiving the trophy and $1,000 Golden Jubilee Bursary from Dr Peter Jell (L). Peter Jell is a UQ Blue in Rowing from 1966 and has been an active participant in that sport for more than fifty years. He is an active volunteer in connection with the Alumni Friends’ Book Fair, having recently taken over responsibility for the logistics for the Bookhouse team—no mean feat when you consider that the volunteers have almost 200,000 books for sale at the biennial event.


May 2017: Selecting Milan Gandhi (R) as the winner of the Alumni Friends’ Golden Jubilee Bursary, the School of Law noted that “Milan is a real asset to our community at the Law School and we are excited about his vision for social entrepreneurship in law.” Award presented by John Martin (L) on 10th May 2017, at the UQ TC Beirne School of Law Awards celebration, The Long Room, Customs House.

April 2017: Hayley Kake (L), winner of the #UQArtInspires competition, organised by the UQ Art Museum. $1,000 Golden Jubilee Bursary presented by Margaret Blaszczyk (R). Hayley and Margaret are pictured outside the UQ Art Museum, holding a print of Hayley’s winning entry (photograph taken at the point where Hayley took her own image).