About the Scholarship​

C.A.S Hawker Scholarship

The Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund was established by the late Kathleen Lilias Needham to perpetuate the memory of her late brother Charles Allan Seymour Hawker - scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman, by means of a scholarship.

The main object today, as it was then, is to encourage others to follow her brother's example of help and service to his country and his fellow men and women.

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship commemorates the achievements of one of Australia's most respected pastoral pioneers who served with distinction in the First World War and went on to become a distinguished scholar and leading figure in the Federal Parliament prior to his tragic and untimely death in an aircraft accident in 1938.

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded residential scholarships available to undergraduate and post-graduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over 3 years.

C.A.S. Scholarships are available to all Australian students. The majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university study. Since 1990, the Trustees have awarded 129 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships, many to regional students.

Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. Undergraduate and post-graduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions. Post-graduate Charles Hawker Scholars are also able to follow in Charles Hawker’s footsteps by enrolling at Trinity College and studying at Cambridge UK.

C.A.S Hawker Scholarship

"Charles Hawker has a lasting impact on Australian politics and was highly respected by members on both sides of the federal parliament,"

"He was Australia's first Minister for Commerce in the Lyons government in the 1930s. He was being seriously considered as Australia's wartime Prime Minister. His untimely death prevented him from achieving his full potential. He was a truly remarkable man, a great Australian and his story is inspirational,"

- Hawker family member and scholarship Trustee Mr. Andrew Hawker