Some FAWG members attended the launch of the Kate McPherson Scholarship on 10 August at the USP AUSAid Performance Space at USP. This new scholarship will allow Fiji Women Graduates of USP to pursue postgraduate study in Education at the University of Tasmania.
To give you a brief background on the late Dr Kate McPherson, she was an inspirational teacher and educator who immensely contributed to Education until her passing in 2007 due to motor-neurone disease. Her career spanned many number of years in numerous places around the world, including working at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji. Shortly before her death, she conveyed how much she would like to support the study in Australia of women in Fiji who face the limitations inflicted by poverty, political instability and gender. To honour her wish, the Trustees of Kate’s estate and the University of Tasmania Foundation have established a trust fund in her name to create a scholarship to allow students from here to undertake postgraduate studies in education in Tasmania. The goal is to bring the first student there in February 2012.
Together with the launch of this scholarship is also an appeal to Kate’s friends, colleagues and to everyone who is willing to support the cause, for donations to the scholarship capita. The University of Tasmania Foundation has agreed to match these donations until the end of 2011. Please disseminate this information to all your friends, family and networks who might want to support this valuable initiative.
Here’s how to donate:
All donations to the appeal are tax deductible in Australia. Donations can be made securely online at the UTAS Foundation website or by phoning the UTAS Foundation Office. An account is being established at the Westpac Bank in Suva to receive donations which donors may prefer to make in Fiji.
UTAS Foundation contact details: Phone (61 3) 6226 1920 / Fax (61 3) 6226 2130 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining us now in supporting this appeal will insure Kate’s legacy – allowing women from Fiji to gain educational qualifications by which they can improve the lives of future generations of the people of Fiji through learning. We hope you will share Kate’s vision by making a donation to the Kate McPherson Scholarship.
Vinaka vakalevu – and thank you.
– Dr Valerie Nicholls (Chair), Dr Sue Boyd, Dr Peter Davies and Dr Jane Rienks