The 2016 Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop scholarship has been awarded to Swinburne Diploma of Business student Antonella Di Fiori.
Ms Di Fiori received the $3,000 scholarship at a ceremony at the Weary Dunlop memorial statue on 12 July 2016 for her volunteering work and outstanding academic results.
The scholarship – awarded on the anniversary of Sir Edward Dunlop’s birth – commemorates the life and work of one of Australia’s most iconic war veterans.
It has been awarded by Swinburne University of Technology and the City of Stonnington each year since 1995 to commemorate the war hero’s passion for community service throughout his lifetime.
Ms Di Fiori has a significant community service background, and an appreciation of ‘Weary’ Dunlop and his legacy to the community.
She completed a Certificate IV in Business Administration and a Diploma of Business at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.
“Antonella is an exceptional young woman and a most worthy recipient of this scholarship,” says Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jennelle Kyd, who presented the award.
“She is an outstanding scholar who has attained excellent academic results.”
“She has proved to be a hardworking individual who has demonstrated leadership skills in leading community activities within the Latin American community in Melbourne.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jennelle Kyd presented Antonella Di Fiori with the 2016 Sir Edward 'Weary Dunlop' scholarship.
Ms Di Fiori began her community service at Planetshakers City Church in 2012 and has organised numerous events and assisted with their Urban Life Ministry, helping the Latin American community.
She has organised and led many cultural activities and events, including the National Day of Thanksgiving and a Taste of Harmony.
In collaboration with Refuge of Hope and the Shrine of Remembrance, Ms Di Fiori initiated an annual ANZAC Educational Tour to increase awareness of the significance of Anzac Day within the Latin American community.
She has also organised AFL Welcome Sessions, in collaboration with Refuge of Hope and the North Melbourne Football Club.
Ms Di Fiori says Weary Dunlop has been an inspiration to her.
“The memorable fact about Edward Dunlop is that he had a noble heart for helping others and a humble spirit that never gave up regardless of the circumstances,” Ms Di Fiori says.