List of Nursing Scholarships, Prizes and Research Funds

Through the generosity of our esteemed donor community, the Department of Nursing is delighted to offer various Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes to our talented and diverse student cohort in recognition of their dedication and achievement to support their pursuits in clinical, academic or research careers.

Scholarships

Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship in Nursing

Applied Path - best overall results

This scholarship was created by Julie Sheldrake, a nurse, in memory of her mother Dorothy Jean Ineke. Two scholarships are awarded annually, and selection is merit-based on the best overall results in NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology.

Find out more about the scholarship’s background and donor.

Catherine Wotton Ovarian Cancer Scholarship

Gynaecological nursing, Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) or the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice

The Catherine Wotton Scholarship Fund has been established in recognition of Catherine Wotton’s significant 37-year contribution to nursing and her courageous battle with ovarian cancer. This scholarship provides registered nurses with the opportunity to be specifically trained in gynaecological and ovarian cancers.

Find out more about the history of the scholarship.

Patricia Eileen Hyams Scholarship in Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing

GC-NPCPC Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) and completed NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology

This scholarship was created by The Bruce Hyams Foundation as a gift to honour Mrs Patricia Hyams, who completed her training at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne as a registered nurse and graduated in 1939. Two scholarships are awarded annually to students that reside in rural or remote locations and are undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing.

To see how the Patricia Eileen Hyams Scholarship helps our students, see the links below:

https://healthsciences.unimelb.edu.au/news-and-events/patricia-eileen-hyams-scholarships

https://www.unimelb.edu.au/alumni/impact/students/supporting-the-health-of-nursing-through-philanthropy

Nicole King Scholarship

Doctor of Philosophy (Cancer & Palliative Care)

The Nicole King annual scholarship was established by Nicole King’s family in her memory. Nicole was a Department of Nursing Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and clinical educator at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The Nicole King Scholarship is available to Graduate Research students (MPhil or PhD) with a focus on Cancer and Palliative care nursing

Find out more about Nicole King.

Prizes

Michael Kierce Prize

Highest GPA GC NP Emergency

This prize is in honour of Michael Kierce, a lecturer in the Department of Nursing, an inspired teacher and academic who encouraged his students to take a leadership role through combining clinical excellence with research. The award is given to a student who has demonstrated research excellence, clinical excellence and the potential for leadership in clinical practice research during the fourth year of a nursing course.

Judith Parker Prize

Named after Emeritus Professor Judy Parker, founding Head School of Nursing from 1996 to 2003, the prize is to be awarded to the candidate who submits the most meritorious PhD thesis for assessment for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Mary Pattern Prize

This prize is named after Mary Pattern who was instrumental in supporting the transfer of the hospital’s paediatric specialty nursing programs to the University of Melbourne. The Mary Pattern Prize is awarded to the highest GPA Graduate Certificates in Paediatrics, Paediatric Intensive Care or Neonatal Intensive Care.

Elizabeth Crowther Prize

This prize honours Elizabeth Crowther who played a key role in supporting improvements in psychiatric nursing education and is awarded to the highest GPA Graduate Certificates in Graduate Diploma Mental Health.

Denise Spencer Prize

In commemoration of Denise Spencer’s commitment to excellence in cancer nursing through lifelong learning, this prize is awarded to the highest GPA Graduate Certificates in Cancer Nursing.

Dianne Campbell Prize

Awarded to the student who achieved the highest GPA in Emergency, Critical Care and Rural Critical Care, this prize is named after Dianne Campbell, the Director of Nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dianne Campbell was instrumental in the founding of the School of Postgraduate Nursing (as it was initially named) at the University of Melbourne and in the transfer of the hospital’s graduate specialty nursing programs to the University of Melbourne.

Nicole King Prize

This prize honours Nicole King, who was a Department of Nursing Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and clinical educator at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and is awarded to the highest GPA Graduate Certificates in Cancer Nursing.

Head of Department Graduate Prize

This prize is awarded to the student with the highest grade point average in the Master of Nursing Science.

Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)

This prize celebrates excellence in the graduates of critical care nursing education programs and is awarded to the students who achieved the highest NP marks in Critical Care, Paediatric Intensive Care and Rural Critical Care.

Research Fund

Dame Quentin Bryce Palliative Care Nursing Research Fund

This is an annual allocation of funds, used to support research costs associated with research into Palliative Care Nursing. The funds will support research in palliative care that will improve quality of care for people diagnosed with advanced disease and their families/caregivers.