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Hannah leads way with scholarship

Monday, 3rd December, 2018

Former Broken Hill resident, Hannah Brimstone. PICTURE: Supplied Former Broken Hill resident, Hannah Brimstone. PICTURE: Supplied

A former resident of Broken Hill, Hannah Brimstone, has been awarded the New Colombo Plan Scholarship 2019.

The New Colombo Plan is an initiative by the Australian Government to inform Australians about the Indo-Pacific region.

It achieves this through supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the area. The scholarship is prestigious and only 125 scholars across Australia are receiving of it. 

 The awards ceremony was held in Canberra at Parliament House on November 26.

Distinguished guests in attendance included the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, the Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne and the Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP.

The scholarship will allow Hannah to undertake internships and at least 12 months of study in the Indo-Pacific.

There will be opportunities to undertake intensive language training in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Hannah will be travelling to Papua New Guinea to complete a semester of study and a short internship in migration policy.

Indonesia will offer further internships.

Hannah is extremely passionate about improving the connections with our neighbouring countries. 

“I hope to be able to contribute to our nation’s prosperity and security,” Hannah says.

Involvement in the international space (particularly within the Indonesian community) and the opportunity to complete three international exchanges during her degree were factors that influenced Hannah’s choice to apply for the scholarship.

Each university in Australia is able to nominate ten students. After receiving her nomination, she took part in a lengthy and comprehensive process to prepare the application form for submission. 

Hannah was a student at Broken Hill Public School followed by Broken Hill High School.

While living here she participated in several community organisations. Among these are the Broken Hill High School Student Representative Council (SRC), School Captain, SRC President, member of the Youth Council and youth representative on the Tidy Towns Committee.

The scholarship has been awarded to a valuable member in not only the international scene but to the Broken Hill community.

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