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Congratulations to 2021 Westpac Scholar Charlotte Jones

University of Tasmania postgraduate student and alumna Charlotte Jones is one of 17 outstanding young Australians to receive a prestigious Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

The social scientist, who is fascinated by the interaction between nature and society, was recognised for her determination to find creative ways to solve problems facing our communities.

“Climate change is an environmental, economic and social crisis and young Australians are at the precipice of that,” she said.

“My research will explore the role of emotions in shaping understandings of and responses to our global futures.

“It will help inform policies and empower communities to participate in shaping their collective futures.”

Charlotte has commenced her PhD at the University of Tasmania's School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences in Hobart. Prior to this she studied a Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

The scholarship from the Westpac Scholars Trust provides recipients with up to $120,000 to pursue their research, a bespoke leadership program and the opportunity to be part of a network of individuals who share their passion and drive to help shape a better future.

Charlotte said she was excited to become a Westpac Scholar because it gave her the opportunity to pursue her research in Tasmania, while at the same time benefit from being tapped into a national community of individuals from a diverse range of fields.

Recipients also become lifelong members of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network (W100), which brings together people from all walks of life and provides access to professional development and inspiring networks.

CEO Westpac Scholars Trust Susan Bannigan said the opportunity to build strong leadership skills was one of the key components of the scholarships.

“We’ve worked closely with our university partners and Westpac to deliver transformational programs that not only challenge the Scholars’ thinking, but also increases their access to new networks and opportunities.”

Meet the 17 recipients of the 2021 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

You can find out more about University of Tasmania students who are Westpac Scholars here.

Published on: 24 Feb 2021 11:03am