Amrita Kharel was a recipient of Swinburne's Welcome Scholarship in 2017

Edyth Rawson award

Supporting dedicated students

In 2016 long-time supporters of Swinburne, Ian and alumna Lorri Beer, established the Edyth Rawson PAVE Student Achievement Award, in loving memory of Lorriā€™s aunt.

Listening to Lorri Beer reminisce about her aunt Edyth gives you a glimpse into the life of a much loved and remarkable individual. Lorri spent many school holidays with Edyth and has extremely fond memories of their time together.

“Edyth was always a deeply caring and generous person. She was a teacher, a nursing assistant in the Australian Army, and a tireless worker for numerous not-for-profit organisations. Her kindness was widely acknowledged and she received Life Governorships of a number of hospitals and organisations.”

“My husband Ian and I have been long-time supporters of Swinburne. When we found out about the Student Achievement Awards we thought that establishing an award in her name would be the perfect way to ensure that Edyth’s passion and enthusiasm for supporting those experiencing difficulties can continue.”

In 2016 two students were presented with the inaugural award, including Tom Leather, who overcame hardship to complete a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management.

Student Achievement Awards are presented to students who, despite hardship, have kept up with their studies, providing much needed support on their journey to success. Find out more information about our generous donors or donate to the awards.

Photo below: Lorri Beer (left) with Tom Leather

Lorri Beer

Establishing an award in Edyth's name was the perfect way to ensure her passion for supporting those experiencing difficulties can continue

Lorri Beer