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Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarship Trust Fund

The Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund was established by the late Kathleen Lilias Needham to perpetuate the memory of her late brother Charles Allan Seymour Hawker - scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman, by means of a scholarship.

The main object today, as it was then, is to encourage others to follow her brother's example of help and service to his country and his fellow men and women.

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship commemorates the achievements of one of Australia's most respected pastoral pioneers who served with distinction in the First World War and went on to become a distinguished scholar and leading figure in the Federal Parliament prior to his tragic and untimely death in an aircraft accident in 1938.

Since 1990 the Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarship Trust Fund has awarded more than six million dollars to 129 young Australians.

The scholarships have been awarded almost equally to male and female applicants. Scholarship holders have come from every sector of Australian society and graduated from government, catholic and private schools.

They have studied law, politics, economics, medicine and arts. Hawker Scholars are now working in Australia, Europe, the US and Asia. Four Hawker Scholars, Rachel Buxton, Anthony Roediger, Phillip Killicoat and Michael Jones have subsequently been awarded Rhodes Scholarships.


2021 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship Opens on December 7th

The 2021 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship opens on Monday 7th December 2020 and will close on Friday 8th January 2021.

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded residential scholarships available to undergraduate and post-graduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over 3 years.

Information about the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship and an application form are available on this website.

The Charles Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier, politician and pastoralist Charles Allan Seymour Hawker. The Scholarship commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected statesmen.

"Charles Hawker has a lasting impact on Australian politics and was highly respected by members on both sides of the federal parliament," Hawker family member and scholarship Trustee Mr. Andrew Hawker said.

"He was Australia's first Minister for Commerce in the Lyons government in the 1930s. He was being seriously considered as Australia's wartime Prime Minister. His untimely death prevented him from achieving his full potential. He was a truly remarkable man, a great Australian and his story is inspirational," Mr. Andrew Hawker said.

C.A.S. Scholarships are available to all Australian students. The majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university study. Since 1990, the Trustees have awarded 129 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships, many to regional students.

Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. Undergraduate and post-graduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions. Post-graduate Charles Hawker Scholars are also able to follow in Charles Hawker’s footsteps by enrolling at Trinity College and studying at Cambridge UK. 

More Information:

Cesare Silvestri
Secretary to the Trustees
C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship
P: 08 8127 1654


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