Former St John’s Student Awarded C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship Extension

Former St John’s Grammar School Captain Mr. Oliver DOUGLAS completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide in 2022 at a very high standard.

The Trustees of the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship have determined that Oliver Douglas’s scholarship tenure be extended, to allow him to complete his Bachelor of Laws and a year of post graduate work to gain his Honours in History at the University of Adelaide. Oliver will continue to reside at St Mark’s College.

The residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over three years. Oliver’s extension is valued at up to $20,000. The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia.

2023 Hawker Scholarship Presentation

Mr Oliver Douglas

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia is hosting a reception at Government House today and will present Oliver with his extension and framed Scholarship certificates to three new 2023 Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholars.

“I congratulate all the Charles Hawker scholarship winners. Through their studies and community involvement, they have already demonstrated a strong commitment to following the footsteps of C.A.S. Hawker,” Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC said.

The 2023 Scholars are studying a wide range of courses including Law, Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Arts, and International Relations. The 2023 recipients are from Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.

Family, friends, college and school representatives, current scholars, members of the C.A.S. Hawker Alumni, and Scholarship Trustees will attend the event.

Oliver Douglas is an intelligent, focused, well-balanced and service oriented young man. His secondary education was competed in 2018 at St John’s Grammar School with an ATAR of 98.85.

Oliver is a member of the Australian Army Reserve and a thinker. He is exercised by the big ideas of politics, civic life, history and philosophy - including economic and political globalisation forces, environmental issues, demographic changes and the role of automation and AI on future work and lifestyles.

During his undergraduate years at St Mark’s College and the University of Adelaide, Oliver has performed outstandingly in his studies and in variety of extra-curricular activities, with a strong focus on service and leadership.

These activities include College Vice President, President of the South Australian Association of University College Clubs, researching and writing with St Mark’s Head of College Professor Don Markwell AM, profiles of St Mark’s women of distinction, to mark the 40th anniversary of coeducation at the College.

Oliver has been commissioned as Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve and awarded the Royal New South Wales Regiment Prize for his constant demonstration of exemplary field skills and tactical knowledge.

He is a young man of integrity, with a social conscious.

The late Mrs. Lilias Needham established the Charles Hawker Scholarship in memory of her brother Charles Allan Seymour Hawker.

Since 1990, the Trustees have awarded more than seven million dollars to 139 young Australians, including a significant number from regional areas. The successful 2023 scholars were awarded scholarships from an Australia-wide field of 85 applicants.

Each year the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship Trustees offer a number of scholarships to capable students of principle and character who are committed to Australia’s future. The scholarship perpetuates the memory and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers and politicians.

“Charles Hawker was a most remarkable person. He had a lasting impact on Australian politics. Members of the federal house during his time as the Minister for Commerce in the Lyon’s Government in the 1930s had enormous respect for him. He was a great Australian who offered his best through his commitment to this country.

The values of loyalty, integrity and caring for community are some of the values I hope the 2023 scholarship recipients take with them into their studies,” Trustee Chair and Hawker family member Mr. Andrew Hawker said.

Born on May 16th 1894 at Bungaree homestead near Clare in South Australia, Charles Hawker was educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. Student, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker died in the Kyeema air disaster on October 25th, 1938.

Undergraduate and postgraduate Hawker Scholars can attend a range of educational institutions including the Australian National, Adelaide, Flinders, South Australia and New England Universities and Marcus Oldham College.

Postgraduate Charles Hawker Scholars are also able to follow in Charles Hawker’s footsteps by studying at the University of Cambridge UK.

“C.A.S. Hawker was a truly remarkable man and a great Australian. This scholarship is a fitting tribute to his memory and Oliver’s scholarship extension is much deserved. Congratulations to him and the other three recipients,” Mr. Andrew Hawker said.

Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability. Applications for the 2023 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on 4 December 2023 and close on 5 January 2024.

An application form and further information are available from the scholarship website or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees on 08 8127 1654.


More Information:

Cesare Silvestri     
Secretary to the Trustees
C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship
08 8127 1654  

Ian Doyle OAM
B Ec. Dip Ed
Media Coordinator
C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship

Photographs of the presentations are available from the Media Coordinator