Brisbane Mercies establish ACU scholarship fund
The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation, through Australian Catholic University, has endowed a substantial scholarship fund on the University's Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) to continue and honour the work of their Sisters.
The endowment was presented by Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation Leader, Sister Sandra Lupi to ACU National Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sheehan AO at a special signing ceremony last Friday, to set up the Catherine McAuley Scholarships, named in honour of the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Sr Sandra Lupi said that the current ACU National Brisbane Campus at Banyo had its genesis in the Catherine McAuley College of Teacher Education at All Hallows Convent in 1955.
"The Sisters have continued to be involved with the University at various levels throughout the last 50 years, including providing teaching, administration and pastoral support," Sister Lupi said. "The Sisters of Mercy have focused their work in education, health and welfare, and I am pleased that the work begun in 1955 will be perpetuated through the Catherine McAuley Scholarships."
Professor Sheehan said that the Sisters of Mercy value the significant role that education plays in the development and continuance of a truly just society as demonstrated through their outstanding contribution to Australian society since their arrival in Australia in 1846.
"These scholarships will recognise and reward University applicants who fulfil the selection procedures for normal entry for their chosen course or program, and who can demonstrate their commitment to and leadership in the academic and professional areas of business, education, health and social welfare," said Professor Sheehan.
"The scholarships will be open to prospective undergraduate students to the University, and in particular to Indigenous students, those who are socially and economically disadvantaged, and those from rural and regional areas," he said. "This focus mirrors the vision and mission of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation."
Professor Sheehan said that ACU National and its predecessor institutions have played a significant role in tertiary education in Queensland in the last 50 years.
"As an authentic Catholic university, ACU National lays claim to 2000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition and is connected through its activities to the great Catholic universities of the world. The University is justifiably proud of its historic origins through the work of the religious congregations and dioceses in Australia," said Professor Sheehan.
"The University contributes significantly to the professions through its quality teaching and learning, research and community engagement, all of which are enriched by the University's commitment to philosophy and theology. Its graduates in education, health, social sciences, business and the arts are very highly valued," he said.
Sisters of Mercy establish scholarship fund at ACU National (Australian Catholic University 14/11/05)
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