RMIT Alumni Magazine: The leadership issue
I first visited RMIT as a schoolgirl in the late 1960s to look at the Elliott 803 computer in Storey Hall. Computers were a rarity in Melbourne then, it was very exotic. Once I finished school, I opted to enrol in computer science at RMIT. I returned to RMIT in 1980 as senior programmer in administrative computing.
After both working here for many years, we’d talked about creating a scholarship. We believe it is essential for Australia’s future that it has people qualified to the doctorate level.
Our vision for the scholarships is long term. We see our gift as an investment in the future of capable individuals and, through them, the wider community. The impact of the scholarships will be measured by the contribution recipients make in their profession and in the fields of science, engineering or technology. We further anticipate that they will realise that, as beneficiaries of philanthropy, they too can become benefactors.
Although we each have later qualifications from other educational organisations, we have an especially strong affiliation with RMIT. This is probably because our involvement with this academic community influenced the people we have become and because we admire RMIT’s mission.
The University’s motto is of enduring value: “A skilled hand, a cultivated mind” encapsulates the sense of learning with purpose which I admire.