The Friends' 25th Anniversary Scholarships

  • In 2007, to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, the Friends announced the establishment of an annual scholarship to the value of $10,000 to be awarded to a member or members of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria staff.

2017 Friends' Scholarships

The recipients of the 2017 Friends' Scholarships were announced at the Friends' AGM -

  • Peter Berbee, Arborist, Curator Quercus collection, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Scholarship amount - $4,277
    Project:  To attend the 9th International Oak Society Conference 2018, California USA
  • Katherine Kominiarski, Visitor Experience Officer, Engagement and Impact, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Scholarship Amount - $630
    Project:  To undertake a six-week Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Training TAFE course.
  • David Robbins, Team Leader Nursery, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Scholarship Amount - $2,400
    Project:  A Recordkeeping Diploma
  • Mandy Thomson, Team Leader Nursery, Cranbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Scholarship Amount - $2,205
    Project:  To attend the Australian Plant Society's Bi-Annual National Conference, Hobart

Recent Past Winners of the Friends' Scholarships

2016

  • Niels Klazenga, Programmer Information Technology, Biodiversity Information Officer, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Scholarship amount - $6,434
    Project:  Funding for trip to TDWG (Taxonomic Databases Working Group) Conference 2016, Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica, 5-9 December 2016
    Scholarship Report (Botanic News - Spring 2017 p 22-23)
  • Philip Bowyer-Smyth, Horticultural Technician, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Scholarship Amount - $3,566
    Project:  16-week course of Diploma of Project Management at Holmesglen Institute


2015

  • Catherine Gallagher, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne $5,400
    Co-ordinator, Curation 
    Project:  Travel to Berlin to research MEL’s foreign collection and attend the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (Report - Botanic News Winter 2017 p 23)
  • Charlie Firth, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne         $2,000
    Co-ordinator, Horticulture
    Project:  Training package: Increasing arboricultural skills and capacity (Report - Botanic News Summer 2016-7 p16-17)
  • Kate Roud, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne          $4,500
    Curator for the New Zealand Collection and Horticultural Technician
    Project:  Study Tour to New Zealand (Report - Botanic News Autumn 2017 p21-23)


2014

  •    Leanne Adams, RBG Cranbourne for her project - 
       Certificate IV in Accounting, Chisholm Institute
  •    Kylie Regester, RBG Melbourne for her project -
       Attend and present at 9th BGCI Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens
       (report Botanic News Spring 2015 p18-19)
  •    Russell Gibb, RBG Cranbourne for his project - 
       Diploma of Project Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


2013


2012 



  • Catherine Gallagher, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne $5,400
    Co-ordinator, Curation 
    Project:  Travel to Berlin to research MEL’s foreign collection and attend the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

  

  • Charlie Firth, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne         $2,000
    Co-ordinator, Horticulture
    Project:  Training package: Increasing arboricultural skills and  capacity

  

  • Kate Roud, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne          $4,500
    Curator for the New Zealand Collection and 
    Horticultural Technician
    Project:  Study Tour to New Zealand
  • Catherine Gallagher, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne $5,400
    Co-ordinator, Curation 
    Project:  Travel to Berlin to research MEL’s foreign collection and attend the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

  

  • Charlie Firth, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne         $2,000
    Co-ordinator, Horticulture
    Project:  Training package: Increasing arboricultural skills and  capacity

  

  • Kate Roud, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne          $4,500
    Curator for the New Zealand Collection and 
    Horticultural Technician
    Project:  Study Tour to New Zealand
Scholarship Guidelines
(Adobe PDF File)

Niels Klazenga

Phil Bowyer-Smith


Catherine Gallagher


Charlie Firth


Kate Roud