The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.
Seda Hamoud is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below she discusses her past achievements and what she is most looking forward to in her time at College.
What degree are you studying?
Combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws
What’s your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date has been in relation to leading my school environmental club for many years. This involvement has burgeoned into running environmental forums for hundreds of students from primary and secondary schools across Sydney (the latest of which had the honour of having Dr Karl Kruszelnicki as a guest speaker), as well as giving speeches on various national and international platforms. As a result of this plethora of work, and the quantifiable benefits directly resultant from said initiatives, I was awarded one of the largest environmental honours in Australia, the title of NSW Young Sustainability Champion, amongst other accolades.
What does being an inaugural St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
It is an immense honour that I hope to utilise to make the most out of my time at St Andrews, as well as a means of ensuring my momentum for continued academic attainment and extra-curricular involvement is maintained and strengthened throughout my time at university. It also means an opportunity to give back, which I hope to do through engagement with the college’s numerous philanthropic initiatives.
What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
I am most excited to continue to grow as a person on account of my newfound independence, as well as through exposure to different cultures, ideas, and lived experiences.
Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
I hope to contribute to the college in as many ways as possible, including involvement in debating, writing, drama, and sporting activities. I also hope to contribute to the academic strength of the college.
What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
The most useful advice I have for future applicants is to be organised and to submit your application early. This is to not only ensure that your application is well drafted but to also enable you to avoid overlap with the more stressful periods of year 12. I would also suggest ensuring that your extra-curricular involvement is varied in nature and scope, as without doing so you may never know where your true passion may reside. Best of luck!
The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.
The scholarships will provide full free relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.
Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.