Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship
Ngoc Tram Nguyen came to Australia as an infant refugee. She met Professor David Dixon, former Dean of UNSW Law, and The Kirby Institute's Professor Lisa Maher when they were conducting research on policing in Cabramatta. David and Lisa found Tram to be an extraordinary young woman and the intellectual equal of any of the wonderfully gifted students in the Law School.
Tram became a research assistant and co-authored the report Anh Hai: Young Asian Background People’s Perceptions and Experiences of Policing. Tram said, “My aim is to help my friends and my community someday.” She believed that the best way for her to make an impact was by becoming a lawyer and a leader in her community.
Unfortunately, Tram passed away in a tragic accident before she was able to fulfil her dream. However, her legacy and passion inspired UNSW Law to create additional support mechanisms for students from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship supports disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential and undertake study at UNSW Law. It is awarded to a socio-economically disadvantaged student from a non-selective public secondary school in south-west Sydney, and has a value of $5,000 per year for the duration of an undergraduate law degree (five years).
Vanessa Hardman Memorial Scholarship
The Vanessa Hardman Memorial Scholarship honours the life and achievements of Vanessa Hardman, a UNSW Law alumna and member of the UNSW UK Foundation Board. Vanessa was a gifted sportswoman with a passion for travel, selfless commitment to family, friends and colleagues, and an aptitude for always staying positive.
This memorial scholarship endowment has been established to honour Vanessa and aims to inspire future UNSW Law students to emulate her achievements and embark on a rewarding international career. The scholarship will provide significant financial assistance to an outstanding student of merit to attend UNSW Law School and to participate in a full range of study opportunities – both domestic and international. It will also have an optional built-in mentorship program, exchange opportunity at Kings College London and work experience placement at a top international law firm in London, to ensure the recipients receive intellectual support in addition to financial assistance.
Judge Bob Bellear Residential Scholarship
The Judge Bob Bellear Scholarship was created to honour the memory of the late Judge Bob Bellear and his tireless commitment and passion for education and Indigenous justice. A 1978 UNSW Law graduate, Judge Bob Bellear became NSW’s second Aboriginal barrister and the first Aboriginal Australian judge. Through his roles at the Aboriginal Housing Company, Aboriginal Medical Service and the Aboriginal Legal service, Judge Bob Bellear was a pillar of integrity in the Australian law community.
This scholarship seeks to pass the gift of opportunity back to his community, for whom he fought so fiercely. The scholarship is open exclusively to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and will support the recipient’s living, study and travel expenses while undertaking a degree at UNSW Law. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting those students with family and community responsibilities who strive to become future leaders in the legal community. UNSW Law has a long tradition of commitment to Indigenous legal education and mentorship and has a lively, diverse and engaged Indigenous student body, both past and present.
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