Each year the Menzies Foundation awards the $10,000 prize to an exceptional graduate from DMSC, a small school in country Victoria, to contribute to the cost of their first and second years of tertiary study.
For Caitlyn, going to university will mean living on campus. “The Menzies Centenary Prize will assist me with my studies and relieve the financial stress while living out of home,” she said.
Attributing her success to the balance in life, she praised her community and family for their support. Caitlyn believes spending time with friends and family and working was of benefit in motivating her to handle her academic pressures with a calm mind.
On receiving her award, Caitlyn reminisced saying, “I remember my younger years at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, listening to previous recipients of this award and how it has helped them achieve during their university studies”
Recognising the importance of health care in rural areas, Caitlyn hopes to return to these communities after her completion of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin Geelong. Like Menzies, she reflected on the importance of leadership for Australia and went on to say “The Menzies Foundation is an amazing organisation that is assisting in multiple generations, inspiring them to become great leaders in our small communities and Australia”.
The Menzies Centenary Prize was established by the Menzies Foundation in 1994, in partnership with the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, to mark the centenary of Sir Robert Menzies's birth in Jeparit. It is funded by the Foundation and its scholars.
“I was amazed when I was told that I was to receive this award. I felt as though all of my hard work during my years at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College had paid off - to receive an award in Sir Robert Menzies name is a real honour”.
"We had a wonderful evening celebrating a wide range of student achievement on December 17 and Caitlyn made an excellent address. Very mature and full of great advice for the students. She sincerely expressed her gratitude to the Foundation for their support.
- Anne Gawith, Principal, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College