Katrina Dawson Foundation scholarship

Katrina Dawson was a highly-respected barrister and a loving mum and wife, but is remembered by most Australians as one of three people killed in The Lindt Café siege of December 2014.

To honour Katrina’s memory and ensure something positive emerged from tragedy, the Katrina Dawson Foundation was established by her family and former Governor-General, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO.

The foundation is about “finding, funding and mentoring inspiring young women” and, through a scholarship program, aims to remove barriers and create opportunities for exceptional young women to fulfil their potential.

This year, one of the recipients of the first Katrina Dawson Foundation scholarships is the current Dux of St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen, Kate Field.

In the 2015 HSC, Kate received an ATAR of 97.95 and was recently named one of the diocese’s top five high achievers (pictured in March with Bishop Bill Wright). She was chairperson of St Joseph’s Student Representative Council, a National Ambassador for OzGreen and Lions Youth of the Year in 2014 and 2015. This year, Kate plans to use her scholarship to study at The Women’s College and the University of Sydneyto help her complete a Bachelor of Architecture & Environment which, she says, will combine her “passion for the environment with my personal ambition to reinvent urban design in Australia, developing more sustainable and eco-friendly cityscapes”.

Aurora looks forward to following Kate’s journey.

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Emma Blackford

Emma Blackford worked for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2009-2017. During this time, Emma held the positions of Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Marketing and Communications Manager for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning.

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