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GRADUATE WOMEN NSW is delighted to share a complete list of prizes, awards and scholarships conveyed in 2021. We congratulate all of these deserving women students.

Many of these awards are funded entirely from the generous donations of members and friends of GW-NSW. If you would like to assist in supporting the awards and scholarships program, please contact the office to discuss your donation.

2021 GW-NSW PRIZE & SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS (based on 2020 Academic Year)

GW-NSW Inc Education Trust Scholarships and Awards

GW NSW Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship
Rhianne Scicluna who holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and is a current PhD candidate in the faculty of Science (USYD), her thesis title: ‘Novel Therapeutics for Opioid Use Disorder’. She has been accepted to the lab of A/Prof Erin Calipari (Pharmacologist) at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

2020-23 GW NSW Joan Bielski Scholarship (support provided for 3 years) – For a mature age student in first year of Undergraduate Study

Sarah Clark studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wollongong 

GW NSW Central West Dr Barbara Wright Scholarship (Biennial Award)
Emma Stubbs – Emma holds a First Class Honours Science (Neuroscience) degree from the University of New South Wales.  She has been accepted into the postdoctoral Doctor of Medicine Program at the University of Sydney commencing in 2022. The stream she will join within this degree requires 4 years of F/T study and has a specialism in rural medicine. 

GW NSW Inc Tish Proctor Memorial Prize – USYD Most proficient woman student in First Year Government
2019 – Mackenzie Haynes
2020 – Onor Nottle

GW NSW Inc Tish Proctor P/G Prize Most proficient woman student doing postgraduate coursework study in public policy, administration and affairs in Government – USYD
2019 – Laura Moss
2020 – Eleni Stratton

GW NSW Joan Ritchie Award (For a woman student in her second year of her first undergraduate degree)
Hannah Griffin – Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Wollongong

GW NSW Education Trust Award (For a woman student in the third year of her first degree)
2020: Natalie Purcell – Bachelor of Science (Zoology)/Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science, Western Sydney University
2021: Stephanie King – Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Technology in Sydney

GW NSW Jamieson Award 2020 (judged on completed degree in 2019 or 2020)
Vaidehi Mahapatra – Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Laws student, University of Sydney

GW NSW Inc State Awards and Prizes 

GW-NSW Centenary Award
Alana Munro: Alana holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Sydney and transferred from a Master of Research to a Doctor of Philosophy at the same university. The title of her thesis is: Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent females: a comparison between Australian and South East Asia. Her award was presented by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency The Hon Margaret Beazley QC.

GW NSW Award as part of NCW Australia Day Awards January 2021
Event not held in 2021

GW NSW University of New England Award: Science (BSc)
Lisa Wootton

GW NSW University of New England  Award: Arts (English) (BA)
Sonja Zodrow-Martin

GW NSW Gina Savage Prize: Outstanding woman graduating in Science at University of Wollongong
Sienna Casolin

GW NSW Prize in 200-level English Macquarie University
Michelle Meghan Rademeyer

GW NSW Prize in English II Essays University of Sydney outstanding achievement for essays in English
Brianna Mifsud
Clio Davidson-Lynch

GW NSW Gladys Marks Bursary for a mature-aged woman student completing a degree at USYD
Name withheld

GW NSW Prize in Mathematics USYD for top woman Honours graduate
The prize was shared between two students:
Huansang Xu in Applied Mathematics
Anne Hu in Statistics/Data Science

Branch Awards 


Mavis Prater Prize/s for Women in Mathematics at Australian National University (jointly funded with ANU)
Laura Anne Liersch

Canberra Branch & ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Prize for woman student with the highest mark in first class honours


Cowra-Canowindra HSC Scholarship (Two recipients)

Cara Kemp – from Cowra High School, studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Canberra University

Georgie Fisher – from Canowindra High School, studying a Bachelor of Nursing at University of Wollongong

Central West Branch DR BARBARA WRIGHT Post Graduate Scholarship (Biennial Award)
See above as part of Education Trust Awards 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mature Age 2nd year Student Award
Held over 

City Branch TAFE Tertiary Preparation Course Award for Academic Merit and Proceeding to University Studies
Jasmine Fuentes now studying B. Communications (Social & Political Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts at UTS – nominated by St Leonards TAFE
Elli Rinehard now studying B. Forensic Science at UTS – nominated by St Leonards TAFE


North Shore Branch Prize for 300 Level Psychology – Macquarie University for proficiency in 300-level Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences
Visnja Vlahovic

North Shore Branch Prize for 200 Level Modern History – Macquarie University for proficiency in at least 2 units at 200-level Modern History
Imogen Lees

North Shore Branch Prize for 200 Level Ancient History – Macquarie University for proficiency in at least 2 units at 200-level Ancient History
Kathryn O’Donnell 

North Shore Branch Prize for 200 Level Bio Science – Macquarie University for proficiency in at least 2 units at 200-level Biological Sciences
Hailey Heersche

National Awards 

Barbara Hale Fellowships
Thuc Hao (Halle) Quang holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honours) in Psychology and Education from Ho Chi Minh University of Education in Vietnam and an MSc in Brain and Mind Science from the University of Sydney. As a current Scientia PhD candidate at the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Halle’s research investigates how and why people with neurological disorders have reduced motivation and apathy, a condition that can seriously affect quality of life for patients and for their carers. 

Lauren Alesi is a doctoral candidate at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, within the department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. She also completed her undergraduate studies at Monash University, receiving her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2019. Her Honours project – which focussed on characterising the impact of emerging cancer therapies on ovarian function – ignited her passion for research and motivated her to pursue her doctoral studies.

The Georgina Sweet Fellowship
Yao (Jackie) Lu completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Adelaide and a BSc (Hons) at the Florey Institute at the University of Melbourne. Jackie is currently a PhD student at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University, where she previously worked as a research assistant in the Molecular and Translational Drug Discovery laboratory; where her referees described her as “an accomplished laboratory scientist.”. The focus of her PhD research is to understand the molecular mechanisms of activation of a promising receptor protein as a potential target for treating schizophrenia.