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Newcastle student awarded prestigious St Andrew’s College Scholarship


A Newcastle student is packing their bags for St Andrew’s College after being awarded a prestigious scholarship to live and study within the University of Sydney.

After graduating from Merewether High School in 2023, with an ATAR of 97.65, Marcel Forrer will study a double major of History and Chinese Studies this year.

The scholarship provides complete fee coverage over a span of three years, encompassing living expenses, food, academic support and extracurricular costs.

St Andrew’s College principal Rob Leach said the high-status award was bestowed upon only three exceptional pupils nationwide annually.

“Marcel embodies the qualities we seek in our scholars – academic excellence, engagement in various aspects of life, and the potential to positively influence our college and community,” he explained.

“We anticipate their presence will further enrich the vibrant tapestry of St Andrew’s College.

“The scholars program is designed to nurture future leaders… and Marcel is a shining example of the exceptional talent we aim to support.

“We believe they will not only excel academically but also contribute significantly to the cultural, sporting and artistic fabric of our college.

“This scholarship is an investment in their potential to make a lasting impact.”

Marcel is hopeful of working in museum curation, diplomacy or documentary making.

“My childhood was shaped by my time exploring museums, which provided me with a sense of connection to a ‘global culture’,” they said.

“I hope to inspire future generations and the community to think critically and ask questions to create a more thoughtful world.

“I also aim to create innovative ways to connect remote communities to museum displays, as a way to further the accessibility of knowledge for all.

“My education, with a reduced financial stress as a result of the scholarship, will foster the skills I need to achieve these goals.”

St Andrew’s College has been a residential facility within the University of Sydney since 1867 and is today home to more than 380 male and female undergraduates, postgraduates and resident fellows.

It boasts a proud history of educating some of the nation’s most accomplished Australians including an astonishing 18 Rhodes Scholars; former Australian High Court Judge and United Nations president Doc Evatt; ex-NSW Premier Sir George Fuller; famed Sydney Harbour Bridge designer John Bradfield; Olympians Jaime Ryan, Hannah Buckling, Forbes Carlile and Rohan Browning; Australian Matildas Clare Wheeler and Clare Hunt and Wallaby captains Phil Waugh, Nick Farr-Jones, Dick Tooth, John Solomon, Arthur Wallace, Tom Lawton, Alex Ross and Bill Hardcastle.

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