Nominate now for inaugural Meg Purser Scholarship

27 Oct 2021

Applications are being invited for a new scholarship established to honour the memory of Newcastle businesswoman Meg Purser.

Undergraduate students completing the second year of their Communications degree at the University of Newcastle can apply for the $5000 scholarship, with the inaugural recipient to be named in April next year.

Meg Purser was a successful communications professional who is remembered for her charitable and behind-the-scenes work for organisations such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Breast Screen and Got Your Back Sista.

She invested considerable time in mentoring young people and worked tirelessly to make a positive contribution to the city until her passing in January this year following an 18-month battle with breast cancer.

City of Newcastle established the scholarship with the blessing of Meg’s father Bob, to honour the significant contribution Meg made to the corporate communications community and recognise her passion for the many local community organisations and charities she supported.

The scholarship provides key financial support for high performing Communications students who share Meg’s values and community-focused qualities. A new recipient will be selected each year, with the initial agreement funding the scholarship for the next three years.

Applications will close on 28 February 2022. Visit the University of Newcastle website for more details.

City of Newcastle offers several other scholarships through the University of Newcastle, including the Lord Mayor’s Scholarship and the Lord Mayor’s Scholarship for Women, which aim to support students studying an undergraduate degree who are experiencing financial hardship.