Governor-General & Prof. Mick Dodson Present Scholarship Certificates

Held at the Royal Canberra Golf Club on Sunday 20 June 2014.


The Board proudly announced seven Canberra-based scholarships at the annual Scholarship Presentation Lunch, which were presented by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC:

Larissa, Year 11 at Canberra Girls Grammar School,Warawitcha Commemorative Scholarship and the Professor Mick Dodson AM and Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC Scholarship for Leadership

Larissa is Vice Captain of Glebe House and over past years has Captained her Netball Team to two premierships, represented Australian Capital Territory schools as a member of the Canberra Girls Grammar School team at the National High School Basketball Championships in Melbourne since Year 9 and participated in several Yalari, Rotary and school leadership camps.  Recently, the Australian Electoral Commission selected her to be one of the six ACT representatives at the National Indigenous Youth Parliament conducted during Reconciliation Week.

Larissa is the ongoing recipient of the ‘Warawitcha’ scholarship.  ‘Warawitcha’ is an Aboriginal word for island in a river and is the name of its benefactors’  olive farm located on the river in the Araluen Valley, an hour’s drive from Canberra, and the recipient of  The Professor Mick Dodson AM and Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC Scholarship for Leadership for the second year in a row.

Lyric, Year 10 at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Gwen Breen Memorial Scholarship

Lyric is a gifted writer and communicator.  Rotary and the Australian Electoral Commission have recognised Lyric’s leadership potential this year.  Rotary, on recommendation from the School, selected her and one other student to participate in Rotary Young Leaders Camp for Year 10 students from ACT schools at the South Coast earlier this year.  The Australian Electoral Commission selected Lyric as one of six ACT representatives to participate the second National Indigenous Youth Parliament conducted recently during Reconciliation Week.

 Lyric is the ongoing recipient of the Gwen Breen Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is sponsored by the children, family members and friends of Gwen Breen who was forced through family circumstances during the Depression to leave school at 13 years of age, and though struggling with ongoing mental health issues and making ends meet, made significant sacrifices to give each of her children the opportunity for a good education and encouraged them to do their best and to achieve their full potential.

Mia, Year 10 at Canberra Girls Grammar School, ADFA Graduates Association Scholarship

Mia loves participating in team sport and was voted as the ‘Players’ Player’ by teammates in her soccer team in her first year.  A terrific striker of the ball in field and indoor Soccer, Mia has added basketball to her sporting schedule this year.  This year Mia has been selected to participate in a study tour to the United States with a group of Grammar students studying Drama and Dance.

Mia is the ongoing recipient of the Australian Defence Force Academy Graduates’ Association Scholarship.  This scholarship celebrates a great association between Podmore and ADFA graduates, midshipmen and officer cadets, who raise funds for this scholarship through participation in the City2Surf Run conducted in Sydney in August each year.

Elanor, Year 8 at Canberra Girls Grammar School

Elanor is an enthusiastic scholar who is achieving impressive results in her studies.  She participates in debating and is a gifted communicator.

Sarah-Cait, Year 8 at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Charles and Kathleen Pannell Memorial Scholarship

Sarah-Cait is a keen athlete who enjoys middle distance running and plays touch Rugby with great enthusiasm.

Sarah-Cait is the ongoing recipient of the Charles and Kathleen Pannell Memorial Scholarship. The late Charles and Kathleen were the parents of Mary Porter AM, the member for Ginninderra, in the ACT Legislative Assembly.  Mary and her husband, Ian, are the benefactors for this scholarship that acknowledges the courage and determination of Charles and Kathleen to seek a better life for themselves and their children by emigrating from England to Australia over half a century ago.

Isabella, Year 8 at Canberra Girls Grammar School, inaugural Brigadier Damian ‘Dolly’ Roche Memorial Scholarship

Isabella excels at languages and recently received double As for Japanese language assessments.  She plays netball and basketball.

Isabella is the inaugural recipient of the Brigadier Damian ‘Dolly’ Roche CSC Memorial Scholarship.  On 3rd January this year ‘Dolly’ Roche passed away suddenly whilst playing golf with two mates; far too young at 55 years of age and with so much more to offer his nation as the man responsible for the Australian Defence Force’s participation in the Centenary of Anzac commemorations.

Angelina, Year 7 at Canberra Girls Grammar School, CDSS Class of 2014 Commemorative Scholarship

Angelina is a keen competitive swimmer, who qualified to compete in Sydney at the Speedo Carnival earlier this year and clocked up several personal best times.  She plays water-polo at the Australian Institute of Sport on Friday nights and referees and plays netball on Saturdays.

Angelina is the inaugural recipient of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) Class of 2014 Commemorative Scholarship. The 2014 CDSS class selected Podmore as its primary charity and focus for its philanthropic fund raising this year.