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Sir Theophilus Foundation Scholarship Recipient Florence Kerry Receives Griffith Award for Academic Excellence

Florence Kerry on campus at Griffith University, Brisbane.

Palladium currently manages a pool of private sector-funded scholarships in Papua New Guinea, including for the Sir Theophilus Foundation. Florence Kerry, one of the first scholarship recipients, is making the most of her studies in Australia.

Since commencing a Master of Advanced Health Services Management in 2015 at Griffith University, Florence has gone from strength to strength. Funded by the Sir Theophilus Foundation, she is part of the first cohort of scholars to undertake graduate studies in Australia in a priority area of their choosing.

In her second semester of 2015, Florence’s academic success was recognised with a Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence. The Award is offered to individuals whose consistent academic achievement places them in the top 5% of students. Florence attributes her academic achievements to support received from both Palladium and her scholarship sponsor.

‘Griffith is a great university and I am glad to undertake my study in Health Services Management here. Many thanks to my sponsor, The Sir Theophilus Foundation, and to Palladium for effectively facilitating my sponsorship. This is a great opportunity to further my studies in the field that I have much passion and interest in.'

Despite not having left PNG before, Florence found adjusting to life in Brisbane to be a smooth process.

‘Adjusting to study life was not a big issue for me as I was prepared and looking forward to the challenges that awaited. The study schedule was flexible but the workload was high and required us to be disciplined and to manage our time well in order to accomplish our tasks.'

Upon graduation, Florence intends to utilise her scholarship gained skills and knowledge to create a positive impact in PNG’s health sector.

Palladium recognises the importance of private sector funding in achieving development contributions in PNG. We manage a number of other private sector scholarships, including for Swire Educational Trust. Palladium also manages the Australian Aid funded Australia Awards PNG, as well as the Education Capacity Development Facility and the Health and Education Procurement Facility.