Charles Sturt scholarship ceremony in Wagga Wagga celebrates donors and recipients

10 JUNE 2022

Charles Sturt scholarship ceremony in Wagga Wagga celebrates donors and recipients

Generous donors were present in Wagga Wagga on Thursday to present Charles Sturt students with more than $1 million worth of scholarships at a ceremony at Joyes Hall.

  • The Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust celebrated scholarship donors and recipients at its scholarship presentation ceremony in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 9 June
  • A total of 401 Charles Sturt Foundation Trust scholarships, valued at $2,539,950, will be awarded to students across the University in 2022
  • More than 150 scholarships worth $1,040,900 were presented in Wagga Wagga

Charles Sturt University celebrated this year’s scholarship recipients along with their donors at the scholarship presentation ceremony in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 9 June.

In 2022, 401 scholarships with a total value of $2,539,950 will be award across the University. The value of 158 scholarships presented in Wagga Wagga is $1,040,900.

The ceremony in Wagga Wagga was one of five to be held across the University’s footprint in May and June, with the other ceremonies taking place at Charles Sturt in Dubbo, Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga and Port Macquarie.

Chief Executive Officer of the Charles Sturt Foundation Trust Ms Sarah Ansell was delighted the scholarship presentations could take place to not only recognise the outstanding achievements of students, but also recognise the contribution of valued scholarship donors.

“It’s wonderful to be able to hold these ceremonies again as it is a tremendous honour to receive a scholarship and being able to meet and thank the people behind them is a very special occasion,” Ms Ansell said.

Ms Lawanna Warren received the Riverina Oils First Nations Agricultural Initiative Scholarship, which was introduced in late 2021 to encourage more First Nations students into agricultural degrees.

Ms Warren said the scholarship assists her to reach her long-term goal of creating a more sustainable agricultural industry, incorporating research into business management practices, and contributing to research in the livestock and cropping fields.

Ms Katharine Charles is in the final year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and received the Riverina Oils scholarship, allowing her to focus on her 12-week unpaid placement without worrying about finances.

“I am so grateful for this scholarship because I am now able to buy essential placement gear, such as work boots, overalls and wet weather gear, which I previously couldn’t afford. It has reduced my stress considerably,” she said.

George HattyFirst-year agricultural business management student from Griffith Mr Angus Bartter and first-year agricultural science student from Wagga Wagga Mr George Hatty both received the Bush Children's Education Foundation (BCEF) Scholarship.

Mr Bartter said the scholarship will change the way he spends money, using it for study resources and materials in order to reach his career goal of contributing to farmers and producers through knowledge obtained from his degree.

“It will also change the way I look at my university degree as my donor is giving me a great opportunity to succeed,” he said.

Mr Hatty said receiving the scholarship will enable him to utilise Charles Sturt’s resources to expand his knowledge and get the most from his degree.

More information on the extensive range of scholarships offered at Charles Sturt, including opening and closing dates and evaluation criteria, can be found on the website.

If you or someone you know would like to support an ambitious Charles Sturt student, please contact the Charles Sturt Advancement office.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Sarah Ansell and donors and recipients contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or via

Photo captions: (Image 1) Riverina Oils First Nations Agricultural Initiative Scholarship recipient Ms Lawanna Warren with her donor Mrs Melissa Clayton from Riverina Oils; and (image 2) Bush Children's Education Foundation Scholarship recipient Mr George Hatty with his donor Mr Richard Dougan. Photos by Jackie Cooper at Jack of Hearts Studio

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