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Students awarded scholarships


Four former students from Catholic schools in three cities have been awarded prestigious scholarships by the Playford Trust.

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Dana Hurrell and Jade Simpson from Saint Joseph’s School in Port Lincoln, Joshua Graham from Caritas College in Port Augusta and Gabriela Coelho from St Aloysius College were among more than 40 students honoured at a ceremony in Adelaide.

All are studying in areas considered of strategic importance to South Australia.

Dana received the St Ann’s Foundation/Playford Trust Residential Scholarship to support her studies in science at the University of Adelaide and her residency at St Ann’s College. She plans to progress to a Master of Teaching then to build a career as a secondary school teacher specialising in chemistry and mathematics.

Jade was awarded a Playford Trust Regional Science and Engineering Scholarship to assist her as she undertakes a double degree in engineering and mathematical and computing sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Joshua received the Chartwells/St Ann’s College/Playford Trust Residential Scholarship to support his continuing engineering studies at the University of Adelaide and residency at St Ann’s. He began studying space science before transferring to electrical and electronic engineering, but his eye is still on a career as a satellite engineer.

Gabriela was awarded one of six inaugural space science scholarships by the Playford Trust in conjunction with The Andy Thomas Space Foundation. She has already completed a Space Industry Pilot Work Experience Placement at the University of Adelaide.

This year’s recipients range from first-year undergraduates to PhD researchers – and a third hail from regional areas.

They shared more than $600,000 in scholarship funding from the Trust and its partners.

Gabriela Coelho and Joshua Graham


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