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Prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship awarded to Southern Cross student


Sharlene King, media office at Southern Cross University
30 November 2016

Jaimee Moynihan, a Southern Cross University undergraduate student, has been awarded an Australian Government scholarship to live, study and intern in the Indo-Pacific.

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and intern in the region.

Mr Kevin Hogan, Federal Member for Page, made the announcement today following the official presentation dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 28 November.

“Jaimee Moynihan has won one of only 105 prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships awarded across Australia to support our nation’s best and brightest to engage with our region,” Mr Hogan said.

Jaimee, a Bachelor of Environmental Science / Bachelor of Marine Science and Management student, will research Sea Turtles in Indonesia for two semesters for her New Colombo Plan 2017 Scholarship.

Jamie travelled to Canberra to receive the award from His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

“The New Colombo Plan fosters the understanding and personal relationships that are so important for close and productive relations between people and nations. It is exciting to see a new generation of young Australians setting forth to engage with our neighbours and explore the immense opportunities that exist for friendship, collaboration and prosperity,” said Mr Cosgrove who is the Patron of the New Colombo Plan.

Ms Bishop added: “New Colombo Plan scholars are exceptional young Australians who have demonstrated strong academic performance, community leadership and a commitment to create bonds of friendship, understanding and opportunity between Australia and our neighbours,”

Mr Hogan wished Jaimee well.

“While overseas, New Colombo Plan scholars act as ambassadors for their communities, universities and indeed Australia. We can all be proud of our scholars’ achievements and look forward to their contribution to Australia’s relationship with the Indo-Pacific in the years ahead,” he said.