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28 years of dining and donations

Posted: 25th October 2017

SVI’s Support Group held their 28th Black Tie Dinner at The Athenaeum Club on October 19th.

Since 2005, the money raised at these dinners have been targeted towards ‘Top-up Scholarships’ for our best PhD and Honours students. To date, more than $450,000 has been raised, providing support to 34 Honours and 44 PhD students. 

This year’s cohort of SVI Student Scholarship recipients joined a room full of generous and enthusiastic supporters at the Support Group’s annual dinner. Speakers included the Chair of the SVI Support Group, Claire O’Callaghan; SVI Director, Tom Kay; SVI Foundation Chair, Karen Inge and Scholarship recipient, Will Stanley.

Will thanked the SVI Support Group, saying, “I am from a small town in regional Victoria, where my father was a biology teacher in the school there. He instilled in me a love a nature that I still have to this day, but it wasn’t until he bought my brother a microscope, which I adopted as my own, that my curiosity towards the world of biological science was ignited.

“When I moved to Melbourne for University, it was a huge eye-opening experience about how expensive city life can be. Without the added financial support of my Top-up Scholarship, I would have had no choice but to work part-time and spend less time in the lab, where I do research into type 1 diabetes.”

The Support Group members are always keen to get to know the Top-Up Scholarship students, and are invited to annual presentations by the recipients, so they learn more about the research projects they are working on.

SVI Support Group Chair, Claire O’Callaghan, said, “Investing in young people, especially SVI’s students, keeps the Support Group members motivated. And every time we meet these student researchers, they continue to inspire us with their enthusiasm and work ethic.”

SVI would like to acknowledge all those who have donated to support scholarships at the Institute, and especially thank the SVI Support Group for 28 years of support.