Science scholarship celebrates 100 year legacy

Monday, 26 April 2021

A £100 scholarship one hundred and one years ago sparked a journey that would shape many lives. A century on, University of Newcastle Secretary, alumna and former Deputy Chancellor, Dianne Allen, is proud to honour her grandfather’s passion for education through a new equity scholarship to support students who want to study science

Science scholarship celebrates 100-year legacy
 Frank and Elsie Kent with their granddaughters, Susan (Bachelor of Commerce 1978), Janet (Bachelor of Education 1979) and Dianne (Bachelor of Commerce 1989)

The Frank Kent Equity Science Scholarship will help motivated and talented students facing hardship to thrive in their field of scientific study. With 27 percent of our students coming from low socio-economic backgrounds, well above the sector average of 16 percent, equity scholarships play a vital role in supporting many students to succeed at University.

Celebrating a life dedicated to science

After receiving a scholarship to attend agricultural college in 1920, Frank Kent pursued many opportunities to apply his knowledge of agricultural science to improve how land and water are managed. After serving in World War II, he worked for the CSIRO in the Northern Territory, where his work was widely recognised.

A community minded person, Frank was an active supporter of disability education. His final act reflected his commitment to science and education, leaving his body to research at the University of Western Australia.

My grandfather was a lifelong advocate for the value of education. It is an honour to mark his commitment to science by supporting talented scientists of the future.”

Dianne Allen
University Secretary and former Deputy Chancellor

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