Vivienne Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship

Amount$1500Number Available1FacultyFaculty of Education and Arts
DonorDr Anne Llewellyn
EstablishmentVivienne Annetta Llewellyn OAM (1941 - 2012) was born in Newcastle 22 May 1941 and spent her early years at Lambton and Merewether where she & her parents lived with her maternal grandmother. Her formal education began at the Junction Demonstration School which she attended until she was eight when her parents moved to their newly built home at Charlestown for her primary school years. After completing high school at Newcastle Demonstration High School, later known as Hunter Girls High, Vivienne began a nursing career at the Royal Newcastle Hospital. In her final exams she came second in the state & after graduating in 1962, moved to Goulburn Base Hospital to further her nursing. While in Goulburn she was offered a career change, when the principal of the Presbyterian Ladies College approached her to consider a biology teaching role. Never afraid of a new challenge, Vivienne agreed & she began teaching biology & later geography to the senior students in 1964.

Her love of music led her to join a local choral group & over a period of time Vivienne became familiar with the Benedictine way of life In 1970 she entered the Order of the Good Samaritans as a novice & took her religious name Marie Annetta. During her years as a Good Sam, Vivienne studied Social Work at the University of New South Wales graduating in 1981. The same year she became Sister-In-Charge of St Scholastica's Boarding College at Glebe Point. In 1984 she moved to Belgrave, Victoria as Head of Pastoral Care at Mater Christi College.

After moving to Townsville, Vivienne established Centacare Townsville and studied a Masters in Social Work at James Cook University graduating in 1989. In 1990 Vivienne returned to Newcastle as Deputy Director of Centacare & in 1991 was elected the National secretary, Executive Director of Centacare Australia. She became the Director of Centacare Newcastle between 1996 and 2000. During this period she left religious life in order to care for her aging parents Lew and Myrtle. After leaving her role at Centacare Newcastle, Vivienne worked part-time as Mission Services Manager with St John of God Family Services. A short stint at retirement saw her return to full-time work as Director Centacare Bathurst in 2006 & she finally retired in 2008.

During her years as a practicing social worker, Vivienne supervised social work students from the Universities of Sydney, James Cook, Charles Sturt & Newcastle. She chaired the Social Welfare Advisory Committee, NSW Catholic Employment Relations Commission, 1996-1998 the board of Mercy Community Services, Mercy Aged Care Services, Singleton, 2006-2008 the Sisters of Mercy McCauley Program, Interim Ministerial Advisory Committee on Substitute Care, Association of Children's Welfare Agencies & NSW Catholic Industrial Commission, St Joseph's Boarding College, Perthville, 2007-2008 Trustee, Catholic Healthcare, 2009-2011, as well as being a member of a range of committees including the Prime Ministerial Task Force on Closure of BHP.

In the days before her death Vivienne was awarded an Order of Australia for 'service to the community through contributions in the areas of welfare, children's services & aged care.

Vivienne's life was one of loyalty and service to her family, many friends & to the wider community she served. This scholarship is one we discussed before her death & one that she & I are very proud to bare her name for a student in Social Work at the University of Newcastle.

Applicable to: high achievers, social work, placements, Work Integrated Learning, financially disadvantaged, Rural, Regional, Remote, Humanities, Social Science, High Achievers.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or the holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Be enrolled in the third ( 3rd ) year of program
  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work ( Honours )
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Not hold another scholarship for the same program
  • Have a home address located in a regional or remote location, according to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) system.
Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • A written statement (1-2 pages) outlining the applicants future goals along with how the scholarship would assist in their studies and career aspirations
  • A verified copy of your current Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card. (copy signed by a Justice of the Peace)

One (1) scholarship will be offered, providing a one off payment to a third year social work student to assist with placement expenses.


Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of:

  • Academic Merit, namely ATAR or Equivalent or Cumulative GPA
  • A Written statement (1-2 pages) outling the applicants future goals along with how the scholarship would assist in their studies and career aspirations.
  • Performance at interview.
  • Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

Phone: +61 2 4921 6404 or +61 2 4921 8849
Fax: +61 2 4921 6937