During the first half of 2012, the UTAS Foundation hosted dinners in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie celebrating the generosity and support of donors during 2011 and the 2012 scholarship recipients. More than 700 UTAS alumni, friends, staff and scholars attended the three events.
At the Hobart event in March, international furniture designer Brodie Neill and the Chief Executive of the Australian Sports Commission, Simon Hollingsworth, were honoured with UTAS Foundation Graduate Awards.
The following month in Launceston Professor Rupert Maclean was awarded the UTAS Distinguished Alumni Award.
Foundation Chair (retiring August 2012) Mr Miles Hampton spoke about the success of the UTAS Foundation in almost tripling donations to UTAS programs, projects and appeals in the past two years to over $7.3 million in 2011.
The generosity of the UTAS community is reflected in the success of the University’s scholars, and two scholarship recipients were invited to speak at the dinners of the impact of the support they received.
Recent graduate Felicity Gray spoke in Hobart about her experience at UTAS and how the Premier of Tasmania Scholarship assisted her to move from the North-West to pursue her tertiary studies. In Launceston, the 2012 BHP TEMCO Community Foundation Scholarship in Business recipient Jonathan Ritchie spoke of the inspiration to achieve due to the support of the award.
The Burnie Dinner celebrated the University’s unique place in the community, its ongoing investment in the region, and the increasing support of local organisations and individuals to provide scholarships to West North-West students.
Authorised by the Director of Advancement
16 October, 2012