Scholarship recipients and donors

Sydney Nursing School honours students at scholarships and prizes evening

24 May 2019
Over 15 scholarships were awarded to nursing students last week
Last week, Sydney Nursing School recognised the achievement of its students at a scholarships and prizes evening. Held annually, this event brings donors, alumni, staff, students and their families together.

Last week the University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery community gathered to award the 2019 scholarships. Merit award recipients from 2018 also attended with their friends and families.

Staff from the school were joined by donors, alumni, the nursing award recipients and their families to celebrate the achievements of outstanding students. This has become an important annual event on the Sydney Nursing School calendar, connecting current students with recent graduates.

In her introduction, Professor Donna Waters, Head of School and Dean of Sydney Nursing School, acknowledged the generosity of donors past and present, as well as shared some recent achievements of alumni and staff.

Professor Robyn Ward, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health addressed those in attendance and congratulated all scholarship and award recipients.  

“Tonight we are privileged to be able to reward Australia’s best and brightest nursing and midwifery students.”
Professor Donna Waters, Head of School and Dean
Katherine Bremner with John and Diana Hutchison.

Katherine Bremner with John and Diana Hutchison. Katherine received the John and Diana Hutchison Merit Prize for the Master of Nursing (2018).


Three scholarship holders (past and present) shared their stories and emphasized how the scholarships have supported and influenced their studies and research:

Grace Mawbey, Susan Wakil Scholarship (Undergraduate Rural/Regional) 2018

Grace joined the Sydney Nursing School community from Dubbo to start her Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) in 2018. She was inspired to become a nurse after seeing her grandfather’s experience of living with muscular dystrophy. Seeing this, gave her insight into aged care, and the importance of promoting health ageing within a regional community.

The three speakers with donna waters, head of school and dean sydney nursing school

L-R: Margaret Murphy, Grace Mawbey, Professor Donna Waters, Rebecca Needham and guest

Rebecca Needham, Trace Richey Scholarship

Rebecca’s career started in emergency nursing, however she found her passion and interest was in cancer nursing. Through this scholarship, Rebecca has been able to progress completion of a Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing, allowing her to develop further skills and knowledge as a cancer nurse.

One of the roles of a cancer nurse is to care for patients before, during and after undergoing stem cell transplants. Rebecca highlighted the enjoyment she receives from her role as she helps people go through what can be a difficult time. Rebecca has recently been appointed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and hopes to one day become a Nurse Practitioner to continue to improve the quality of life and support of cancer patients.

Margaret Murphy, PhD Candidate and Britton Craigie Scholarship

Margaret is employed as a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Westmead Hospital and has extensive clinical experience in emergency nursing. She has previously worked in a range of clinical environments including intensive care, mental health, education and change management.

Margaret has a strong commitment to translational research for emergency care and is currently completing her PhD on the impact of trauma team training on patient outcomes and trauma delivery. Margaret has found the scholarship to be invaluable in allowing her to progress with her study.

Susan Wakil Scholarships 2018/2019

  • Serena Davison, Undergraduate Greater Sydney
  • Anny Li, Undergraduate Greater Sydney
  • Zoe Plant, Undergraduate Greater Sydney
  • Sophia Stevens, Undergraduate Rural and Remote
  • Jayde Townsend, Undergraduate Indigenous
  • Juliet Brook, Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Anthony Marshall, Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Angela Torrisi, Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Mark Young, Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Will Flockhart, Postgraduate Rural and Regional
  • Marissa Apsey Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Catherine Milner Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Vivienne Upton, Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Julia Kuiper Pilowsky, Postgraduate Greater Sydney
  • Manjusha Bose, Undergraduate Rural and Remote

Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation & Trace Richey Scholarship

  • Alana Lavonne Hoskins
  • Rebecca Needham

Skellern Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Tamsin Jones

Lenity Australia Award Scholarship

  • Kalolaine Malolo
  • Manafonu Siola’a
  • Aspasia Katherine Vaka
  • Meleane Felila Siale

Britton Craigie Scholarship

  • Belinda Mawhinney
  • Margaret Mary Murphy

Walter and Eliza Hall Scholarship

  • Carmen Zotz-Nikolai

John and Diana Hutchison Merit Prize

  • Katherine Bremner

2018 Academic Merit Award (Postgraduate Coursework)

  • Mary Ann Nicdao
  • Asma Hossain
  • Fiona Jane Gillanders
  • Tracy Chase Gunthorpe
  • Daniel Gene Gianatti
  • Julia Kuiper Pilowsky

Zoe Plant

Zoe Plant
Susan Wakil Scholarship (Undergrad Greater Sydney)
“The scholarship has encouraged me to dive head first and completely immerse myself in nursing, and has opened my eyes to the incredible opportunities ahead."

Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall
Susan Wakil Scholarship (Postgrad Greater Sydney)
“Having a been a successful applicant for the Susan Wakil Scholarship has eased the financial burden and stress that returning to university whilst being employed full-time can have on a young family, and for that I’m truly grateful."