Master of Teaching student Caitlin Viney and Bachelor of Education Kellie Anderson have been named as the inaugural recipients of an education scholarship program established in honour of former Bass Liberal MHA Sue Napier.
Minister for Education and Skills Lin Thorp presented the scholarships at the Newnham campus, saying Ms Viney and Ms Anderson were “outstanding recipients”.
“The late Sue Napier understood the importance of teachers and their unique ability in inspiring children to learn,” Ms Thorp said.
“(She) made a wonderful contribution to political life in Tasmania. Her hard work and commitment made her a formidable political opponent.
“Sue enjoyed a stong relationship with UTAS having studied education and arts at UTAS.
“Education was always close to her heart, which is why we’ve funded the establishment of the Sue Napier Scholarship in education. The aim of these annual scholarships is to encourage and support talented and deserving Tasmanians to become teachers.”
Ms Thorp said the two scholarships – one undergraduate and one post-graduate -- would be allocated each year, and were worth more than $16,000.
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson said he hoped Ms Viney and Ms Anderson would make great contributions to Tasmania’s education sector in the future.
“We’ll be looking to you to uphold the good standing of the namesake of these scholarships, the late great honourable Sue Napier, and we look forward to hearing of your work as educators in the years ahead,” Mr Ferguson said.
Ms Anderson, of Penguin, took part in the University Preparation Program at the Cradle Coast campus last year.
The mother of four said she was looking forward to tackling her Bachelor of Education degree this year.
“I am thankful, honoured and excited to take this journey,” Ms Anderson said.
“To be the first recipient of the Sue Napier scholarship is very exciting. I understand how determined, hard working and passionate she was. I too have that passion, and want to go on to do bigger and better things in the world of education.”
Ms Viney, of Launceston, received the Master of Teaching scholarship. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Business last year.
“It really is an honour and priveledge to be able to receive this scholarship,” Ms Viney said.
“I know that if I only make half the difference that Sue Napier made, then I will have made a great contribution to the Tasmanian community.”