The 2011 Jim Bacon Memorial Scholarships have been presented to Alison Archer and Neil Holstrom.
Watched by their family and friends, the recipients extended their thanks for the scholarships.
Deputy Premier the Honourable Bryan Green presented the recipients with their scholarships and shared his congratulations.
Alison received the scholarship for the care and treatment of cancer and is currently completing her Masters thesis on couples coping with Breast or Gynaecological cancers. Alison developed a particular interest in researching cancers following the death of her father from bowel cancer several years ago.
“Although many studies have been done on cancer there is a need to develop a greater understanding of, and enhancing of, the communication between couples struggling with cancer.
“I’m the mum of four children and with that comes the challenge of juggling a career, study and, most importantly, raising a family,” she said.
“It is with great pleasure and sincere thanks I receive this scholarship.”
She has been a teacher for 22 years, and returned to UTAS six years ago to commence study in Psychology. Alison also does volunteer work with Pregnancy Counselling Support, Tasmania.
The scholarship for the visual arts was presented to Neil Holstrom, who will study Honours in Art and Design Theory, with an aim to lecture in Art and Design Theory at UTAS.
His skills as a textile artist has given him the opportunity to work in several Southern Tasmanian schools as “Artist in Residence” and in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery as a “Living Artist”. Neil said he is committed to art education in Tasmania.
“I’d like to extend my most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Jim Bacon Foundation for this generous scholarship,” he said.
“Studying full-time and supporting a family is a hard road at times and this scholarship has certainly helped me and my family this year.”
University of Tasmania Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Rich congratulated the scholarship recipients.
“It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the generosity of the Jim Bacon Foundation in endowing these Scholarships.
“The scholarships are a fitting memorial to Jim Bacon, who understood the key role education has in developing talent and nurturing high achievers,” said Prof Rich.
“Mr Bacon’s vision for the State and his leadership will be long remembered.”
The Jim Bacon Foundation also provides practical support and financial assistance to cancer patients and their families by making funds available to organisations that offer cancer treatment and palliative care services.
Photo: A fitting tribute. The 2011 Jim Bacon Memorial Scholarships have been presented to Alison Archer, for the care and treatment of cancer, and Neil Holstrom, for the visual arts.