The St Andrew’s Scholars Program seeks young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to lead their College, university, nation and world. The scholarships offered as part of the Program provide full fee relief and are awarded for the entire duration of each student’s undergraduate degree. Successful applicants are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life, and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to College and, in the future, the wider community.
We welcomed three new St Andrew’s Scholars in our 2021 fresher cohort. Here, we introduce Rosie Charge:
What are you studying, and at which university?
I’m studying a Bachelor of Science; Med Science at the University of Sydney
Where are you from?
I’m from Newcastle, but I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Auckland, New Zealand.
What made you choose St Andrew’s College?
St Andrew’s has always been the choice for me, from 15 when I started looking at university it stood out to me as the opportunity of a lifetime, providing a rounded and fun lifestyle that I knew I would love. The academic support and sporting opportunities presented are unlike anywhere else in Australia, accompanied by the healthy and supportive culture made me realise that it was the perfect place to get the most out of my University experience and more.
What has been the highlights of your time here so far?
These first two weeks of College have been full of the most exciting and rewarding activities and days that it’s hard to just pick one highlight. By far one of the best opportunities presented has been the chance to meet so many likeminded and wonderful people that I’ve already become close friends with. Meeting not only the freshers but senior students too has revealed a culture that I can’t wait to continue on in my time here, one in which everyone gives everything a go and are supported no matter what. It’s this shared willingness to try and have fun that has stood out most in my time here so far.
What are you looking forward to this year – in which areas are you planning to become involved within College?
I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the Leadership opportunities presented by College and continuing the great work that’s been put in place so far. There are innumerable opportunities to stand up and make a difference not just to College as a whole but to individuals as well, something I can’t wait to be a part of. I’m also excited to get involved in the sport and Palladian events hosted this year; by supporting and trying out for Rosebowl teams as well as social sports I can’t wait to continue the Drew’s culture of complete engagement.
What does being a St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
Being a St Andrew’s Scholar is an honour and I’m incredibly grateful to the St Andrew’s donors for providing me with the amazing opportunities accompanying the scholarship. It has allowed me to stay at College for far longer, and become involved in giving back in return for their generosity. I’m sure it will provide once in a lifetime opportunities over the coming years, furthering my life skills and career and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
Below: 2021 St Andrew’s Scholars – Rosie Charge, Jules Vahl and Mari Watkins
Photo credit: Nina Fan (fr 2020)