Every scholarship transforms the lives of our students, makes a real difference to their education, and to the diverse communities of which they are a part. Our scholarships make it possible for important and exciting projects to happen. Communities in countries from Nigeria to Romania, from Turkey to Hungary, Afghanistan to Cambodia, Columbia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have all benefitted by the generosity of the people behind the scholarships.
Lives have been changed, counselling centres established, societal problems have been addressed and innovative research undertaken as a result of the scholarships. Each year the applicants far outnumber the scholarships available.
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John Waters Memorial Scholarship
The John Waters Memorial Scholarship commemorates a man of great generosity and humanity. His death brought much sadness to many people. Mrs Gwen Waters has joined with Cairnmillar to provide a scholarship to a psychologist or psychotherapist from another country, for advanced training at Cairnmillar. The Scholarship provides funding to cover the costs of one year’s advanced training at Cairnmillar, and is one of the highest-funded awards for a psychologist. Such a concept is a fitting memorial to John Waters, whose care and concern quietly reached across many boundaries.
2016 Recipient Mr Sonam Penjor from Bhutan
Mr Sonam Penjor comes from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where he is one of a small number of professionals building the mental health system from the ground up. As a counsellor in the Rehabilitation Centre for Drug and Alcohol Dependence, he has contributed immensely in the areas of substance abuse awareness and prevention. He recently completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at the University of New England. The John Waters Scholarship will be of great benefit to him and the people of Bhutan.
2015 Recipient Ms Ágnes Papp from Hungary
Ms Ágnes Papp graduated at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 2013 as a psychologist. She has worked as a volunteer research assistant in a prospective randomized control trial to measure the effect of hypnotherapy as an adjunctive treatment on the well-being, posttraumatic growth, immune functions, physiological indices and overall survival of patients with breast cancer. After graduation, she began to work at the National Medical Centre helping patients deal with the extreme stress and crisis caused by disease, and to help them work out active and adaptive ways of coping.
2013 Recipient Ms Anita Juhász from Hungary
Ms Anita Juhász came to us from Hungary with qualifications in Psychology from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics where she was awarded “Student of the Year 2012”. Her interests include promoting intercultural tolerance and mutual understanding. In 2012 Anita was involved with the European Commission activities in preserving the rights of citizens and promoting European citizenship. Anita’s research focus is in developmental psychology, particularly specialising in exploring the hidden potential of children with ADHD.
2012 Recipient Ms Gloria Joy Gatwiri from Kenya
Ms Glory Gatwiri is a graduate in Social Science from The Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a trained Social Worker. Most recently she worked in Kenya as a Youth Coordinator with Basic Needs UK, working with children who experience child abuse, as well as other issues such as HIV/AIDS and child labour. She has established a youth-friendly peer education and counselling program, a centre for reproductive health services and an awareness of hygiene and first aid skills course. In 2009, she was one of the six Kenyan university students sponsored by the US Department of State to participate in a Student Leadership Program.
Michael Kirby Scholarship
The Michael Kirby Scholarship honours the valued contribution and support of the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, one-time judge of the High Court of Australia, and formerly the Chief Patron of Cairnmillar for more than ten years. In addition he supported the work of The Australian Foundation for Aftermath Reactions. He is recognised world-wide for his contribution to human rights, learning and scholarship, and to many of the critical concerns of the 21st century. In 1988 he unveiled the Bi-Centennial windows in St Michael’s Church. The Scholarship is awarded to a current student who is actively involved in the psychological health and well-being of the community.
2012 Recipient Ms Manar Minawi
Ms Manar Minawi completed undergraduate studies in psychology at Melbourne University. She is currently studying the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Her research interest is the stigma associated with psychology in the Arabic community. Ms Minawi is passionate about community involvement and working to bridge the gap in mental health services faced by minority groups. She has been active in high school leadership roles and has contributed to a number of community youth forums and services. She has also been active in working to challenge stereotypes associated with the Arab community.
Ida Summers Child Trauma Prize
For several years, Ida Summers, in the twilight years of her life has regularly put aside money from her pension and forwarded it to Cairnmillar to be used to help “little folk” who have been abused and traumatised in the earliest years of their life. The award recognises a person who has made a major contribution to the lives of many children.