University Scholarships

Past Scholarship Recipients:

Alanna Weis Alanna Weis Paint 10%

B. Arts/B. Education (Early Childhood) 2013-2016 @ SCU

In 2013, Alanna Weis was the first of our Scholarship winners and she graduates as an Early Childhood Teacher this year. Throughout her four years of University studies Alanna has always found time to assist our Branch as a volunteer. Alanna has found employment as an Early Childhood Teacher at Kyogle. We wish Alanna well in her future.

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B. Sport & Exercise Science 2014-2016 @ SCU + M. Clinical Exercise Physiology 2018

Lachlan Crowther was awarded his Scholarship to commence his studies in 2014. He studied for a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and successfully achieved his goal, graduating in 2017. Lachie  returned to SCU in 2018 to commence his Masters in the same discipline and has recently graduated.

The Lord’s Taverners University Scholarship has helped me tremendously in growing into the person that I am today, not only from University but more broadly from getting to know people, experiencing different perspectives on life and getting involved in the local community. The support from Taverners has allowed me to graduate with a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree and pursue a career as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist working with people who have chronic conditions improve their health via exercise. Whilst completing my University studies’ I also worked as a Disability Support Worker which made me appreciate everyone for their abilities and also gave perspective on getting through challenges, particularly when working in mental health settings. These experiences have allowed me the opportunity to work as an Exercise Physiologist to improve not only the physical health of patients in my career but also from a holistic point of view.

 I am moving to Sale, Victoria, to start my career working with a varied case load including, Workcover rehabilitation and clients of varying backgrounds, interests and personalities. I look forward to what the future holds.

Cheers, Lachie

Jess Laughton


Jessica Laughton

Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology/Ancient History) 2015-2017 @ UNE Armidale

Jess completed her studies in 2017 in Armidale. The Scholarship money was used to pay her HECS debt, together with textbooks and other Uni expenses. In addition she did not have to work to support herself financially which meant she could devote herself fully to her studies and get involved with UNE Clubs and Societies.

Jess is currently working at the Goonellabah Sports Club, and completing her RSA and other certificates to enable her to get work when she achieves her dream: a long holiday in Europe! Jess is also employed as a Counsellor for undergraduate students at SCU.

Hearing I had been awarded the Lord’s Taverners Scholarship in 2015 was a life changing moment. Studying on campus meant I had to live away from home for the first time, which brought its own set of challenges. Challenges which were made easier by having received this Scholarship.

Thanks to the generosity of Lord’s Taverners members and donors, I have completed University debt-free. My varied experiences whilst at Uni have also taught me valuable life skills that I will be putting to use as I move onto the next chapter of my life.

Thank you, Jess

Current Scholarship Recipients:

Michelle Murray from Ballina. photo-2

Michelle has lived in the Blue Mountains and Melbourne before moving to Ballina to be closer to family. Michelle is an indigenous single mum with a daughter aged three. Michelle has worked in Pre-schools, mainly with disadvantaged youngsters. A recent experience was as a support worker with an autistic child to prepare him for primary school. Michelle has a Diploma in Community Services and will now study for a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) at SCU. Already Michelle has worked with us as a volunteer at the water point for the Lismore Sampson Fitness Challenge. We wish her well in her studies this year.

Receiving a scholarship from Lord’s Taverners has been an extreme honour and I would love to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the ongoing support I have received from members of the Lord’s Taverners. It is not just the monetary value that has helped me to succeed to date but the ongoing support from the donors of Lord’s Taverners that I receive.

This scholarship has enabled me to purchase a computer, keep on track with my bills and source childcare fees. It has enabled me to feel secure about pursuing my dreams and still providing and maintaining a good and stable life for my family. It has greatly assisted me in making my dreams of becoming a primary school educator a reality for the near future. I feel this scholarship has established a strong foundation for my future successes and it is with great pride that I am a part of such a generous organisation that nurtures people through an education and strengthens their network of support.

Thank you, Michelle
Tineka Frampton. 2015 SCU scholarship winner

Tineka Frampton from Terranora.

Tineka is in her fourth year studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) at SCU. She has recently undertaken her Community History project working with the Friends of the Koala Inc., and found it incredibly interesting. In 2019 she will be doing one unit a session as each unit is a practical unit and hopes to graduate at the end of the year. She is also looking into getting a Certificate III in early childhood from TAFE in 2019 so she can start working with children as soon as possible.

The Scholarship has assisted in paying for rent in Lismore and the purchase of text books and other writing expenses. Tineka has already worked with charities and with disadvantaged youth and intends to continue this following her graduation in 2019.

Profile PicShana Miller from Goonellabah.

Shana is studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences at SCU which she will complete in 2019. She then plans to complete an Honours year in Psychology before hopefully progressing onto a PhD. In 2018 Shana was a student research assistant for a project looking at outcomes for Psychology graduates. She hopes in the future to become a researcher, utilizing her knowledge in the field of addiction prevention and recovery.

The Lord’s Taverners have not only given me a scholarship, but have also become wonderful friends and mentors. I am extremely grateful for this scholarship, which this year has helped ensure that my two daughters and I were able to have a house to live in. I have a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and this scholarship has assisted in covering the cost of living so I have been able to continue studying and finish off two bachelor degrees. It has also helped cover medical expenses (medical devices and treatment) which have allowed me to retain part time employment and continue studying. This has meant more to me than I can express. I plan to continue with my studies with an honours year in psychology, and then postgraduate studies where I will specialise in neuropsychology, with hope that I can give back to my community with the skills that I am acquiring through my studies. I would like to express my great appreciation and thanks to The Lord’s Taverners for their ongoing support.
Madison Rawsthorne from Tamworth madison-rawsthorne

Madison is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of New England (Armidale). The Scholarship has taken a large amount of financial burden off her shoulders and allowed Madison to spend more time focusing on her studies. It has also offered her opportunities to get involved with her local community and support the cause behind the Scholarship.

She is enjoying her studies and has recently started a job working for the Sleep Management Group as a Lab Technician. Her role involves interacting with patients, educating them about sleep apnoea and setting them up for various sleep studies. This has provided her with the opportunity to work in a clinical setting with doctors. The Scholarship was vital for her getting this position, as it provided financial support whilst she sought employment relevant to her degree. Madison has appreciated the support and encouragement of Stan and June Gilchrist on their visits to Tamworth and Armidale.

Naomi White from Casino

Naomi is studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at SCU in Lismore. naomi-white

Naomi is a student with a disability who is looking forward to helping her future students achieve their potential, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is enjoying her subjects and making new friends and is grateful for this Scholarship which will help her cover her university expenses. She recently purchased a laptop with some of the Scholarship payment to assist with her studies.

Keryn Laing (2019 Awardee)

keryn-laingThis year Keryn has started her journey towards completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) at Southern Cross University. Studying this degree will allow her to reach her life-long goal and make her dreams of working with children a reality. Keryn has a particular interest in working with special needs children. She passionately believes that every child can learn and achieve great things in the right environment.

With the generous assistance offered by Lord’s Taverners I will be able to put my beliefs into practice. Receiving the Lord’s Taverners Scholarship has helped me to remove the financial stress of studying full time whilst I raise my three children. The Lord’s Taverners are an extremely supportive group of people and I will forever be grateful for their support as they have gifted me with the help needed to be able to raise my children whilst I chase my dreams.