The Geoff Rasmussen Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce Jade House as its 2018 beneficiary.
Jade was officially recognised and introduced at a small event recently to acknowledge her success and thank supporters of the Geoff Rasmussen Scholarship Fund.
Jade is originally from Australind and attended Manea Senior College before gaining direct entry into Medicine at UWA through her hard work and outstanding Year 12 ATAR results. Whilst Jade is excited to be the first in her family to attend university, this has meant that at 17 years of age she has had to leave home and move to the city. The Geoff Rasmussen Scholarship will help Jade with costs associated with moving away from home to study and will allow her to focus on what is important to her – studying medicine.
Jade’s interest in helping others and drive to succeed is something that Geoff would have greatly admired and the selection committee was particularly impressed by.
The inaugural Geoff Rasmussen Scholarship holder is Sara Shengeb. Sara and her family came to Australia from the East African nation of Eritrea as political refugees in 2011, when she was 17. Sara’s father had been forced into exile from the state for political reasons when she was just 10 and the family was experiencing increasing persecution. She faced mandatory conscription to the army at 17-years-of-age. Sara’s mother made the decision to smuggle her children out of Eritrea. The family managed to flee to Khartoum, Sudan, then Ethiopia and finally, to Australia.
Since she arrived in WA, Sara has worked to contribute to her local community. She excelled at school and achieved entry into Psychology and Chemistry at UWA, where she is in her final year.
While undertaking full-time study, Sara works part-time at the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and volunteers her time to numerous government and non-government bodies to advocate for the voices and needs of young people.
She was recently awarded Young Citizen of the Year by her local council, the City of Kwinana, and last year was a finalist in the Young Human Rights Medal category of the National Human Rights Awards.
Sara was also recently chosen as one of seven young people to participate in the Hong Kong Exchange, a State Government initiative seeking to improve cultural understandings between Australia and Hong Kong. Sara is currently serving as an Advisor to Hon. Paul Papalia, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.