Two outstanding Australian scholars will study at Oxford University as recipients of the prestigious 2014 Sir Zelman Cowen Scholarships.
Announcing the scholarships at the Sydney Opera House today, Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulated Chelsea Tabart from New South Wales and James Kwiecinski from Victoria on receiving the scholarships under the auspices of the General Sir John Monash Foundation.
“The future of our nation depends on our ability to excel in higher education, research and innovation,” Mr Pyne said.
“Australia gains significantly from these scholarships, with the John Monash Scholars known for their desire to return to Australia and play a role in the development of our nation.”
Sir Zelman Cowen was one of Australia’s outstanding civic leaders—a lawyer, educator, and the nation’s 19th Governor General. A previous endowment of $6 million from the Australian Government has enabled the General Sir John Monash Foundation to establish two Sir Zelman Cowen Scholarships in perpetuity.
Chelsea Tabart has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a University Medal from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland. She was Vice-President of the Sydney University Fine Arts Society, and worked at King & Wood Mallesons and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
Chelsea will use her Scholarship to study for a Masters in Public Policy and the Bachelor of Common Laws at Oxford University. Her focus is on strategic litigation to address rights and justice issues.
James Kwiecinski has a Bachelor of Science with straight High Distinctions from Monash University. He is active in science teaching and communication and has taught in Ghana. He is a musician, and speaks German and Latin languages.
His honours study addresses chaotic phenomena in the classical and quantum domains, and his PhD study will focus on self‑assembly and self-organisation theory, with applications in biotechnology and nanoscience. James will study for a DPhil in Theoretical Physics, also at Oxford University.
“I congratulate Chelsea and James on receiving the Sir Zelman Cowen scholarship. I have no doubt they will distinguish themselves in their chosen fields and display a commitment to excellence that would make Sir Zelman proud,” Mr Pyne said.
Further information on the General Sir John Monash Foundation and the Sir Zelman Cowen Scholarships can be found at: http://monashawards.org/