Governor-General Presents the 2015 John Monash Scholarships: “We Shall Watch You Shine”

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On Wednesday 18th February 2015 the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), presented the 2015 General Sir John Monash Scholarships at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

The Honourable Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria also addressed ceremony guests announcing the Victorian Governhment will pledge $2m support to the Foundation over the coming four years.

The distinguished event was attended by some 200 guests including current and former representatives of Federal and State Governments, business leaders, members of the Sir John Monash and Sir Zelman Cowen family, Defence Force officials, the 2015 John Monash Scholars and their families, corporate partners and sponsors of the Foundation.

The 2015 John Monash Scholarship recipients are spectacularly accomplished. The group includes six university medalists, two who have competed for Australia in international sports, and others who have represented the nation in cultural or academic fields. It also includes young managers who have played leading roles in indigenous employment, education reform, legal frameworks, and the management of cultural institutions. A total of 14 scholarships were presented by His Excellency.

In his speech, His Excellency noted Sir John Monash himself would be very pleased with the 12th group of Scholars. He emphasized the “almighty” importance of today for not only the Scholars themselves and for the Foundation, but also for Australia. Sir Peter stated that the group will prove themselves worthy not only of the financial investment they are receiving but worthy to be ‘John Monash’ Scholars. His Excellency gave his earnest congratulations to the Scholars and reminded them to have faith and work hard: “We will watch you shine”.

His Excellency has long been a supporter of the Foundation. He was appointed a Director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation on 23 August 2005 and acted as Chairman Elect until taking up the role of Chairman of the Foundation on 16 November 2005. He served as Chairman between November 2005 and November 2010. The Governor-General is a life member of the Foundation.

The Honourable Stuart Robert MP, Assistant Minister for Defence, delivered a personal message from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, highlighting the importance of both the scholars chosen and their place in Australia’s future; “They are future leaders in medical research, science, mathematics, the arts, law and many other fields of endeavour. Their work will help make a difference to the lives of others.”

The Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Ms Jillian Segal AM, thanked His Excellency for his warm and personal speech.  Ms Segal acknowledged distinguished guests and officials. She also recognized the support and contribution of both His Excellency and the Honourable Tim Fischer (also present at the ceremony) to the Foundation.

Ms Segal highlighted the diversity of the John Monash Scholars’ Alumni and the impact they are making to current global affairs. Ms Segal used the current Ebola crisis as an example, where three past John Monash Scholars are each playing substantial roles in the effort for global relief. The Chairman thanked the Victorian Premier for his visionary support to the Foundation.

2015 marks the selection of the 110th John Monash Scholar. All are outstanding within their fields and with leadership potential and aspirations. The Foundation is supported by a range of public and private sector sponsors, including the Commonwealth Bank, the Australia Council for the Arts, BHP Billiton, Origin Energy, Woodside, the Myer Foundation, The Pratt Foundation, Wesfarmers, Singapore Airlines, the Australian and NSW Governments, many of Australia’s leading universities, and a group of philanthropic supporters.