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Sue Napier awards inspire future leaders

Three University of Tasmania students have been able to pursue their academic dreams thanks to the awards they received at an event commemorating the legacy of the late Sue Napier.

Recipients Caitlin Cashion, Joshua Glancy and Rebekka Walden-Baur were announced as the 2018 Sue Napier Scholarships in Education last month.

Caitlin received the Sue Napier Postgraduate Fellowship in Education, which was set up by Mrs Napier before her death in 2010 to support practising teachers to develop their skills.

“It is an honour to be the recipient of the Postgraduate Fellowship in Education for 2018. Sue Napier was an exceptional female leader who championed the rights of many and fought tirelessly for individuals, particularly for those with significant disadvantage,” Caitlin said.

Caitlin completed her Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours in 2017 and studied a Bachelor of Human Movement and a Graduate Certificate in Education. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Education coursework degree and is employed as an Advanced Skills Teacher.

“I am highly passionate about working in communities of significant disadvantage and working in collaboration with a range of stakeholders to support disenfranchised young people to have access to educational opportunities that are responsive to their needs so that they can thrive in learning, life and work,” she said.

For undergraduate scholarship recipient Joshua Glancy, the scholarship has eased the financial stress of moving from his Blackmans Bay home to study a Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) in Launceston.

“The scholarship has given myself and my family the ability to fund all the extras that come with starting a university degree,” he said.

“It’s also made my mother's life just that little bit easier in regards to her working hours, which means a lot to me.”

Photo: At the presentation for the Sue Napier Scholarships in Education are (from left) the University of Tasmania Professor Karen Swabey, student Joshua Glancy and Caitlin Cashion and the late Sue Napier’s son James Napier.

Published on: 06 Nov 2018 9:41am