The Sylvia Walton Scholarship will support a commencing student at the University who would otherwise not have the opportunity to undertake tertiary studies, due to financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage. The University is seeking donations to grow the scholarship fund.
The announcement was made by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson at a farewell function held for Mrs Sylvia Walton in early March.
The scholarship honours Mrs Walton’s significant contribution to education throughout her extensive and distinguished career. She remains deeply dedicated to education, Professor Johnson said, and was passionate about addressing issues of access to, and participation in higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
‘With students facing increased financial barriers to tertiary education, the establishment of the Sylvia Walton Scholarship is a timely one,’ Professor Paul Johnson added.
‘I believe there is no finer gift than to a student from a disadvantaged background. I am immensely proud that the scholarship will bear the name of Mrs Sylvia Walton, who has served La Trobe so well, and has made such a significant contribution to education in Australia,’ he said.
In 2003, Mrs Walton was awarded the Officer, Order of Australia (AO) for her work in the education sector and the ACEL Gold Medal in 2007, the most prestigious award conferred by the Australian Council for Education Leaders.
Mrs Walton is on the board of the Ardoch Youth Foundation. She has also held leadership positions with the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria and the Victorian Curriculum Boards.
Mrs Sylvia Walton has been Chancellor of La Trobe University since 2006 and, before that, served as Deputy Chancellor from 1997. She was appointed to the University Council in 1993.