Notice of 2019

Value: $5,000 per annum (duration)

The Catenian Charity Inc. Scholarship 2019

ABN 89274625730

Established to advance the interests Australian Catholic students who are in necessitous circumstances*, enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution or tertiary residential college.

Aged between 15 and 25 ie. who have reached 16 but not reached the age of 25 when the 2nd or subsequent full time study year commences.

The student will have demonstrated drive and commitment to achieve academically, despite financial hardship, or other personal difficulty, in order to continue their studies. 

The student will have completed at least 1 year of full time study towards their Bachelor degree. 

The scholarship will be paid to the recipient, if there is satisfactory academic progress, for the duration of their studies. The student must use the money to discharge their liability to the tertiary institution or college.

*A person is in necessitous circumstances where they don’t have enough financial resources to have a modest standard of living in Australia. A person receiving Centre Care “Youth Allowance” is qualified as “necessitous

The following documents:-

Scholarship eligibility and selection criteria;

Guide to scholarship applications;

Scholarship conditions and

Scholarship application form

can be obtained from the www

All applications must be submitted electronically to

 Applications are open and close at 4 pm on 12 August 2019


Emma Louise Jackson has been awarded the Youth Fund Scholarship of $4,000 pa (continuous) in 2019.

Emma, a young lady from Turramurra on the Upper North Shore of Sydney is reading medicine at the Fremantle campus of the University of Notre Dame, Australia. Born in Sydney in 1994 she completed her secondary education at Loreto Normanhurst in 2012, graduating as dux of the school. She then went on to complete a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University.

During her undergraduate degree Emma completed two semester-long exchanges, firstly at the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2014 and then at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2016. She was the recipient of a prestigious Australian Government New Colombo Plan scholarship, financially supporting her studies in Singapore as well as a commerce internship in Indonesia in 2017. Later that year, Emma competed in the international iGEM synthetic biology competition as a member of the Macquarie University team. The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.

Their project centred on the creation of hydrogen energy using E. Coli bacteria instead of fossil fuels. Emma presented the project alongside her teammates at the international jamboree in Boston and won the award for Best Energy Solution.

In 2018 Emma hiked the 800km Camino de Santiago, raising over $4,000 for youth mental health charity Headspace in the process. Camino de Santiago, known in English, as the Way of Saint James, among other names is a network of pilgrims’ ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.

She was an active member of the Turramurra community and regularly dedicated her time to worthwhile causes. She volunteered for 4 years on weekly basis at Saint Lucy’s Catholic School, Wahroonga. This is a school in the Dominican tradition for students with disabilities. As a classroom assistant she helped the teacher coordinate learning activities for the children and offered support for children unable to complete the activities unassisted.

Through this role she demonstrated a strong level of commitment, passion and creativity. She was a regular vocalist at her local church singing in the evening service as a member of the church band. She is passionate in helping Australians struggling with mental issues.

Earlier this year Emma moved to Perth from Sydney to commence her studies in medicine. She is sincerely grateful to the Catenian Association for awarding her the Youth Fund scholarship as it will greatly reduce the stress and financial burden of living so far away from home and enable her to focus her attention solely on her studies.

Emma is the eldest of 4 children as she has 3 younger brothers.

Ken Wong (Manager of Graduations at Macquarie University) writes of Emma as follows :-

Emma is an exceptionally gifted student who has extensively contributed to the Macquarie University community. Throughout her 5 years at Macquarie she received several academic prizes. Emma is a natural leader who energises and motivates others in any role she takes on.

Emma is a warm and sociable person. She is keen to learn from everyone she meets and shows a genuine interest in understanding the lives of others.”

On 1 May 2019 Emma was presented with a Scholarship Certificate by Brian Kerman on behalf of the Board at a morning tea hosted by Fiona Whittles Director, Office of University Relations at Notre Dame and attended by Professor Naomi Trengove the Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

The Board appreciates the assistance of all members of that Office and furthermore the donations by Circle brothers that makes our Catenian contribution to the lives of our young leaders possible.

Pictured below are Brian, Naomi and Emma

An Update on Clare Margaret Bradley

Clare with her mother Jack Billings and Brian Illiffe.

In 2013 the Catenian Youth Project supported Clare a St Norbert College year 12 pupil.

She was one of only ten Australians chosen to attend the London International Youth Science Forum and she was able to visit some of the most prestigious scientific establishments in Europe.

She told us then “I was also privileged to visit a Space Science Laboratory run by the University College of London, where they were building mechanical and electrical components for satellites,” As LIYSF students, we were allowed to see parts of these research establishments not normally open to the public.”

A number of prestigious speakers gave expert lectures at the LIYSF, covering a wide range of topics such as Dark Matter, medicines in Third World countries, Photomedicine, the need to reduce our carbon consumption in an increasingly industrial world and Gene Therapy.

“We engaged in student debates on controversial topics, such as whether or not there should be collaboration between the core sciences, and whether Globalisation has caused a compromise in scientific ethics,” added Clare.

The forum wasn’t all about work and the social program gave participants an opportunity to meet likeminded students from all around the world.

After the forum, 30 lucky participants continued on to Paris and Geneva where they were hosted by CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

“We had the amazing opportunity to go underground and see the Large Hadron Collinder (LHC), the largest particle accelerator in the world.”

Clare commence a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Physiology in 2014 at the University of Western Australia which she completed in 2016. 

She is in my second-last year of medicine at UWA. She is  studying in Northam this year as part of a program called Rural Clinical School, where medical students spend a year in a rural community in the hope that they will return to the country as qualified doctors. She hopes eventually to do obstetrics –  so in January 2020 she has a 4 week placement in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London to get a bit more of a taste of it.

At present she is living in Northam this year until the end of November 2019. (hence the rural shot)

Collegiate Dinner ends an enjoyable O-Week

The evening of Sunday 3rd March was the occasion for the first Collegiate Dinner for the year, during which awards and prizes were distributed for the results of Semester 2 2018.

Special guests for the evening were Bishop Gregory O’Kelly SJ AM who led a celebration of the Eucharist before the Dinner, and Professor Denis Ralph, Chair of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Education, and distinguished alumnus of Aquinas.

During the dinner, the many students who achieved Distinctions and High Distinctions were acknowledged and congratulated.

Faculty awards were made to:

Arts – Mitchell Thompson
Business – Holly Wood
Education – Bridget Manning
Engineering – Jack Gosling
Nursing – Sheridan Rosalia
Allied Health – Charlie Muecke

Michael Cogman from the Catenian Association attended to present a Scholarship to Karri Thomas, the first time an Aquinian has won this scholarship.

Recipients of the Major Awards were:

Father C.P. Finn Prize for best results in first-year student: Ashleigh Fogarty and Holly Wood
The Brother Austin Stephen’s Prize for best results in second-year: Larry Klingner and Fletcher Thomas
The Kennedy Family Prize for best results in third or fourth year: Sam Thompson
The Aquinas Medal for Dux of the College: Larry Klingner

The dinner came at the end of a highly enjoyable and engaging O-Week. Jointly planned by the College’s senior staff, the Student Club Executive, the Academic Team, and the Campus Ministry Team, the week was a structured and balanced mix of a range of activities and events that helped students to enter into life at Aquinas and set the College on its intended course for the year. Include in the week were: academic orientation;  presentations around personal wellbeing, responsibility, safety, and relationships; launch of the new Campus Ministry Team and options for service and spirituality; a range of fun, social and sporting activities.


The opportunity to study medicine and fulfil an ambition to make a real contribution to health and wellbeing of Australian society brought Anna across the country from Melbourne to Notre Dame’s School of Medicine, Fremantle.

A graduate in Biomedical Science from Melbourne University Anna has offset expenses involved in living far from her hometown in northern Victoria with the help of a Fremantle Heart Patients scholarship (2017) and the Catenian Association Province 20 Youth scholarship ($4,000) in 2018.

Anna was born in Nathalia, Victoria and attended school there at St. Mary of the Angels Secondary College until 2011. Between 2012 and 2014 she read Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, where she was awarded Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship. She resided at St Mary’s College, Parkville which is affiliated with that University. In 2013 she achieved a full blue for sport.

She came from the other side to enrol at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle campus) in 2015. In 2017 she received the Dean of Medicine commendation for outstanding performance in her three years of medical studies – she achieved a distinction. She graduated as a Doctor of Medicine on the 12 December 2018 after 7 years of tertiary effort. At the awards ceremony she received a further commendation for obtaining a distinction each year of the degree. 

Her family came from the East to congratulate her and enjoy her success. It was a double celebration for the family as her younger sister, Helena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Asian Studies and a diploma of Mandarin from Melbourne University. Helena is about to work at Canberra. Her brother Alex is an undergraduate at Melbourne University. Her parents Ruth and Nick are now “home alone” as they teach at St.Mary of the Angels.

Anna plans to specialise in critical care and commenced in early January, at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia, having spent Xmas and New Year with her family.

Earlier in December she was presented with a certificate from the Youth Support Project and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

The presentation was at the Fremantle Campus by Professor Selma Alliex (Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Fremantle Campus ) and Colin Broun Vice-President of the Youth Support Fund. The assistance of Fiona Whittles and Stefania Demurtas at Notre Dame in arranging the presentation and producing the certificate and supplying morning tea is appreciated as is the support of Professor Alliex. Colin retired from medical practice in 2016 so it was fitting that our “old-timer” was able to conduct the handover.

Anna has previously expressed her appreciation to the Catenians for their generosity to herself.

We wish Anna every success and happiness. Anna is a fine young lady who will succeed in anything she puts her mind to.

Second scholarship awarded

The Catenian Charity Inc. has awarded its second scholarship of $5,000 to a young lady, Karri Thomas who is studying at Aquinas College in Adelaide. Aged 19, she qualifies for a scholarship due to her financial circumstances.

       The inaugural Catenian Charity scholarship of $5,000 was awarded at the beginning of 2018 to Ashleigh Habkouk who is reading Biomedical Science at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus. The search for a second recipient began Australia-wide with the second round of applications closing on 3 October 2018.

       Karri’s application was vetted by the Charity’s Scholarship Master and unanimously recommended by the three members of the Catenian Charity selection panel. Their views are set out hereunder:

“Karri is an amazing young person with envious school and first year University academic performances. I recommend that Karri be awarded a scholarship based on her obvious needs, her outstanding academic record, potential and necessitous circumstances.”

“Karri ticks all the boxes. She is highly motivated, smart and a worthy applicant.”

“Karri has demonstrated commitment to her studies and a strong will to succeed academically despite her financial need and, more recently, her cancer diagnosis. I highly recommend her as the recipient of the scholarship.”

       Karri was born in June 1999 and grew up on a sheep farm near the small town of Manoora about 120 kilometres north of Adelaide. Baptised at St Anthony of Padua Church in Manoora in September 1999, Karri attended local schools for both her primary and secondary school education. She recognised that education was a critical part of her future and in 2017 she enrolled at Aquinas College (a Catholic residential college attached to the University of Adelaide) to commence a science degree. In 2017 she achieved either high distinctions or distinctions in each of the units she was studying.

       Her first year of university in 2017 went smoothly, but in the first week of the first semester in 2018 she was diagnosed with stage two kidney cancer. She made the decision to defer further university attendance because her treatment would mean that she would miss many compulsory practical units.

       Recommencing study in the second semester she slowly began to get back on top of things.

       She has been unable to take on any paid work on top of her study commitments, which together with the cost of her medical treatment has left her facing a difficult financial position in 2019. Her parents agreed to pay the difference between her Centrelink payments and her college fees for the first two years at college, as they did with her three older siblings, but the agreement is for her to pay for herself each year afterwards.

       She would love to stay at Aquinas College in 2019 because of the high level of support she receives.

       When Karri finishes as an undergraduate her wish is to undertake honours and then a Phd in the life sciences sector. She has an ambition to undertake a research project and eventually start her own business from which she can make a difference to the world.

       Karri’s teacher in Year 12 writes of her inter alia:

“I have known Karri Thomas for seven years and during this time she has consistently presented a dedicated, motivated and aspirational attitude towards her studies and extra curricula activities.”

       “She is one of the few students I have taught that has the capacity to achieve anything she puts her mind to without exception. Karri has developed sound time management, prioritisation and academic skills. She consistently performs to a very high academic and moral standard, which demonstrates her capacity to learn and achieve at a high level.”

       “Throughout her time at high school, Karri was “Dux” in every year; demonstrating her continuous commitment to excellence. She is also highly athletically driven as she participated and was successful in all sports offered by the school.”

       “Karri’s attention to detail is unfailing in all aspects of her life, where she exhibits her drive for achievement and accomplishment. When faced with challenges she faces them head on and problem solves solutions until a positive outcome is achieved.”

       “Even in the face of serious illness in 2018, Karri was determined to utilise her time to learn, so she focused her time on learning a language while in recovery. I am proud of the way that Karri dedicates herself to her studies, personal pursuits, interests and ethical standards. I am also grateful to know an individual who inspires me to aim high every day and to challenge myself to ensure there is no pathway left untraveled.”

Scholarship Awarded

The Catenian Charity Inc has announced university scholarships for 2018. In the decade since its formation, the Youth Support Fund has made grants; and scholarships and bursaries totalling over $70,000 helping young people develop their faith and assisting others pursue tertiary education. And now the newly formed Catenian Charity has awarded its first scholarship since inception in 2017.

Ashleigh Habkouk is congratulated and welcomed as the inaugural recipient of the Catenian Charity Inc scholarship of $5,000 per annum for the duration of her studies towards a degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle campus.

    She completed her secondary education at Mt. St Benedict College Pennant Hills in New South Wales in 2015. Ashleigh has moved 4,000 kilometres from home, leaving her parents and siblings to achieve her dream of becoming a medical practitioner. She commenced her studies at Notre Dame in Fremantle in mid-2016 and resides at the Notre Dame community campus in Fremantle meeting her basic living expenses from a youth allowance from Centre Care, falling within the Australian Taxation Office criteria of being a  “necessitous” recipient of a scholarship.

    Ashleigh is reading Biomedical Science to provide her with necessary fundamental knowledge that is useful in medical school. Studying at Notre Dame has also enabled her to coincide any scientific studies with theological, philosophical and ethical studies.

    Ashleigh is described by one of the Professors at Notre Dame as a person who has demonstrated considerable courage and determination by moving away from home as a school leaver to follow her dream. “She has managed this difficult transition exceptionally well,” he writes, “maintaining an outstanding academic record during her studies with 12 high distinctions and two distinctions in the past three semesters.”

    Ashleigh exemplifies the Catholic ethos of the University of Notre Dame and is deeply committed to community service as an active member of the Notre Dame volunteer network. Since arriving in Western Australia, she has volunteered in numerous ways including as a ward volunteer on the geriatric ward at Royal Perth Hospital and also as an event volunteer for the Starlight Foundation. In 2018 she will be acting as a student ambassador for the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and will also be an iTrack Mentor for the Smith Family Foundation.

    “Medicine is my vocation,” Ashleigh writes, “and coming to Notre Dame was my calling. I truly love it here because it embodies the Catholic morale and faith that I have instilled within me.”