CSU Scholarships History

When John Ashton was president the then District Governor canvassed with the 9700 Clubs the idea of having a Rotary Scholarship for Science.  The Wollundry Board was so taken by the idea it thought it would investigate the awarding of such a Scholarship itself.  Vocational Director Frank Fuller was asked to investigate and he assisted Graham Burmeister in preparing a paper.
The Board determined and the Club accepted to have a Science Scholarship at Charles Sturt University be granted to a deserving applicant who comes from the Wagga Wagga District and who intends to remain in the country upon graduation.  The issue of deserving was left to the discretion of the selection panel and in the fullness of time it has come to mean someone who needs the financial assistance and who can maintain the high standard of excellence expected of the awardees.   
Time has been very kind in that the Awardees have achieved outstanding results in both their study and in their post graduate work  We like to think the prestige of the Scholarship is very high and reads well on any graduates CV
The Vice Chancellor appoints a senior staff member to call for applications then culls the applicants down to 12 to 15.  The Chairman and one Committee person from Wollundry then whittle that down to 6 to be interviewed, usually it is done separately using a uniform marking system that is set out with the application information.  The staff member then arranges the interviews with the applicants and the two Rotarians undertake the interviews with the staff member.
One Scholarship is awarded  in the amount of $6,000 payable over 3 years conditional on absence of any failure.  Two book awards are given for $500 each.

CSU Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Wollundry has donated a scholarship to Charles Sturt University since 1992. The purpose of the scholarship is to financially assist a student from the Wagga Wagga area who is undertaking a science-related degree. The value of the scholarship is $6,000 over three years. Now, ten years later the Club would like to follow the career paths of their recipients and answer the question "where are they now?"
1992 — Matthew Jones
Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture)
Matthew graduated in 1996 and moved to the Gatton Campus of the University of Queensland to take up a position as Research Assistant in the Centre for Pesticide Application and Safety (C-PAS).
His research areas are pesticide application technology for agriculture and public health, assessment of spray application techniques, spray equipment calibration and testing, and droplet size measurement.
1993 — Tracey Schirmer
Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture)
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Upon graduation in 1997 Tracey became a teacher of Design & Technology, Agriculture and Science. She spent most of 1998 as a farm hand in Scotland, before returning to a teaching post in Australia the following year.
Since February 2000 she has been a Technical Assistant at the University of Melbourne, in which her main duties are establishing field and glasshouse trials in weed competition and crop agronomy, and collecting and recording data from those trials.
1994 — Tammy Lakeland
Bachelor of Applied Science (Analytical
Tammy graduated in 1997 and then accepted a position as a Graduate Chemist for Australian Laboratory Services (now known as ALS Chemex) in Orange. She is now a Senior Chemist with the same company.  Her work revolves around testing pulverised rock and soil samples for mining companies to determine the concentrations of gold, copper, silver, lead, zinc, arsenic and bismuth.
1995 - Brett Haddon
Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Whereabouts unknown
1996 — Kym Baker
Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical
Laboratory Science)
Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology)
At the beginning of her final year of study, Kym was offered a pathology traineeship at Wollongong Hospital, which required her to complete her final year of study, part-time. As a result of this experience she spent the year 2000 working in pathology laboratories in London, before returning to Wollongong.  Kim is now undertaking the second year of a Law degree at the University of Wollongong.
1997 — Sandra Oliver
Bachelor ofApplied Science (Medical and
Applied Biotechnology)
Bachelor ofApplied Science (Honours)
Sandra's Honours project, which involved a study of genetic variation in starch synthesis genes in different rice varieties, earned her the University Medal at the 2001 Graduations.
She was then granted an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake her PhD. She is based at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry in Canberra and is studying by distance education through Charles Sturt University  at Wagga Wagga. Her PhD project involves the study of the genes involved in cold-induced sterility in rice.
1998 — Chantelle Dixon
Bachelor ofApplied Science (Medical and
Applied Biotechnology)
Bachelor ofApplied Science (Honours)
Chantelle's Honours project involved the localisation of the respiratory pathogen Chlamydia pneumoniae in fatty deposits of the blood vessels known as atherosclerotic lesions.
This research led to a vacation scholarship at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University.
Recently she was awarded a CSU Postgraduate Research Award to undertake a PhD candidature at Charles Sturt University, and her research will focus on the use of molecular biology techniques to estimate the time of death.
1999 — Rebecca Ferguson
Bachelor ofApplied Science (Medical Imaging)
Prior to the completion of her studies, Rebecca was offered a position as a radiographer at the Canberra Hospital. Upon completion she accepted this position and has been employed at the hospital since then.
2000 — Laura Wightley
Bachelor of Education (Technology & Applied
Laura originally enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) degree but transferred to the Bachelor of Education (Technology & Applied Studies) degree in 2001. To date she has achieved five Distinctions, and is due to graduate in 2004.
2001 — Kristen Holden
Bachelor of Teaching _(Secondary)
Bachelor of Science
Kristen commenced the double degree with the aim of becoming a High School Science teacher. However, due to significant family difficulties outside of her control she unfortunately had to withdraw from her studies.
2002 — Kathryn Francis
Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging)
Kathryn completed her Higher School Certificate with a UAI of 92.65. At the completion of her degree she aims to gain extra qualifications in specialised areas of radiography, and travel around Europe using her qualifications to expand her range of professional experience.