Scholarship Recipients for 2017

The Board proudly announced five scholarship recipients for 2017.

Current Scholarship Recipients


Aubrey – Year 12

Student at St Ignatius Riverview, Sydney

Recipient of the Royal Military College Class of 1972 Bursary.


Isabella from Moree, NSW – Year 11

Student at Canberra Girls Grammar School

Recipient of the Brigadier Damian ‘Dolly’ Roche Memorial Scholarship (Recipient since 2013)

Isabella excels at languages and recently received double As for Japanese language assessments.  She plays netball and basketball.  In recognition for her commitment and excellent performance in Japanese, the Board was pleased to fund Isabella to travel to Japan in April this year with a group of students for language immersion. She is also a member of the Nexus Club and the school Film Crew. She plays netball and basketball with great enthusiasm and commitment.

Angelina from Leeton, NSW – Year 9

Student at Canberra Girls Grammar School

Recipient of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies Class of 2014 Scholarship

Angelina has involved herself in a wide range of sports and other activities.  She has developed a wide circle of friends due to her friendly and outgoing nature.  She is a keen competitive netballer and also referees games.  She plays water-polo at the Australian Institute of Sport and this year continued to row for the school, completing another successful summer season. She competes as a solo rower, as well as in crews. Angie received the Communications Prize for her year last year and has represented her year on the Boarding House Student Representative Committee.

Kye from Bonner, ACT – Year 8

Student at Canberra Grammar School

Recipient of a ‘Warawitcha’ Scholarship

Kye is Podmore’s first scholarship recipient to attend Canberra Grammar School a determined scholar who also participates enthusiastically in Rugby Union as a member of the Canberra Grammar School’s U 12 First Division team. Through his quiet leadership and physical courage he has already begun to make his mark.

Peter from Harrison, ACT – Year 7

Student at Canberra Grammar School.

Peter has recently started attending Canberra Grammar School, and has a keen interest in robotics and technology. He is proud of his Indigenous culture and participates in a dance group and contributes to Indigenous festivals and events with his father, who consults with organisations on Indigenous recognition, culture, history and building respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Podmore Graduates

Kyol from Werris Creek, NSW – Graduated 2011

Graduate from Scots College Sydney, recently elected President, Student Representative Council at Sydney University.

Currently in his third year of studying on a Scholarship to St Andrews College, Sydney University. Kyol is studying to be a primary school teacher.

Kyol was the first Indigenous student to lead Scot’s Pipes and Drums as its Drum Major and take them overseas on tour, as well as lead them in national Australian schools championships.

Mitchell from Geurie, NSW – Graduated 2012

Graduate from St Ignatius’ College, Riverview

Mitchell is in his first year scholarship to St John’s College, Sydney University, studying to be a physiotherapist and playing Rugby Union.

He built on his love of horse riding, to captain the Australian Junior Polocrosse team on a tour of South Africa in 2011.  A gifted Rugby Union player, who joined Riverview’s First 15 while in Year 10, Mitchell went onto Captain the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Team that beat the New Zealand Schoolboys team in 2012.  This year he is playing for Sydney University Colts and continues with the Australian Institute of Sport’s Wallabies’ development squad.

Tegan from Moree, NSW – Graduated 2013

Graduate from Abbotsleigh College for Girls, Sydney. Tegan is currently studying to become a primary school teacher at the University of Technology Sydney.

Recipient of a Podmore Foundation Scholarship since 2008.

Lincoln, from Geurie, NSW – Graduated 2013

Graduate from St Ignatius Riverview, Sydney

Duntroon Class of 1972 Scholarship Recipient since 2009

Rhianna from Moree, NSW

Graduate from Abbotsleigh College for Girls, Sydney

Recipient of the ‘Tiliara’ Scholarship since 2009; Recipient of the Professor Mick Dodson and General Peter Cosgrove Scholarship for Leadership in 2012.

Rhianna was a Prefect and completed Year 12 at Abbottsleigh in 2014.

Larissa from Mackay QLD 

Graduate from Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS)

Recipient of a ‘Warawitcha’ Scholarship

In 2015, Larissa was elected by the students and staff of Canberra Girls Grammar School to be Vice-Captain of the school, 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.

In July 2014, Larissa competed in the National Dragon Boat Championships in Brisbane with her school team. From this competition, Larissa was selected as to be a member of the Under 18s Australian Women’s Dragon Boating Team. She will compete at the World Championships in Canada in August after competing again in the Australian National Championships in Adelaide. Last year she participated in a philanthropic expedition to Thailand and Laos with Antipodeans Abroad.  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.

The Podmore Board has been delighted to fund Larissa’s participation in these national and international events.


Lyric from Cairns, QLD

Graduate from Canberra Girls Grammar School

Recipient of the Gwen Breen Memorial Scholarship (Recipient since 2010)

Lyric is a gifted writer and communicator.  Rotary and the Australian Electoral Commission have recognised Lyric’s leadership potential in 2014.  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, and 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 also raised money for the Yalari “Pay It Forward” initiative for a future Yalari Scholarship. She organised a school drama concert last year, with all proceeds going to this initiative.

Mia from Cairns, QLD

Graduate from Canberra Girls Grammar School

Recipient of the ADFA Graduates’ Association Scholarship (Recipient since 2010)

Recipient of the Professor Mick Dodson AM and Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC Scholarship for Leadership for 2016

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.  In 2014 Mia has been selected to participate in a study tour to the United States with a group of Grammar students studying Drama and Dance.

Since she enrolled at CGGS in Year 7, Mia has done her best and led by example.  She has been a great contributor to her sporting teams over the years.  In a game of soccer late last year, Mia was goal keeper and the other team was far superior to her team. Her team lost, but could have lost by much more without Mia saving several goals.  Her team gave her three cheers after the game in acknowledgement of her courage as she had blocked several fast balls — kicked at point blank range –with her body (and had the bruises to prove it!).

Mia was 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 2015. In 2016 Mia led by example once again. Yalari, our implementing partner, recognised her as one of 16 Yalari Captains. This award is for having qualities such as leadership, responsible behaviour, involvement with school and Yalari activities and being a good role model for other students. Captains must also exhibit core values of respect, compassion, resilience, openness and inclusiveness.

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