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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 1 May 2015


Fifty-six students from across Australia have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme to help meet the cost of their tertiary education.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, congratulated recipients.

“I am honoured to award these young men and women, the sons and daughters of our Vietnam veterans, a Long Tan Bursary,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The sacrifices their parents made during the Vietnam War should never be forgotten or underestimated. Supporting the children of our Vietnam veterans to gain a tertiary education is just one of the ways the Australian Government can continue to honour their service.”

Each student will receive financial assistance worth up to $9,000 over three years. The breakdown of 2015 bursaries in each state and territory is as follows:

  • New South Wales – 16
  • Victoria – 11
  • Queensland – 20
  • Western Australia – 5
  • South Australia – 3
  • Australian Capital Territory – 1

Applications for each academic year open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close on 31 October. The Long Tan Bursary scheme is administered by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. For more information, visit

Editor’s note: Students will be presented with bursaries at state presentations in the coming months. A list of recipients in each location, who wish to be named, is attached.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Recipients’ name and area of study*


  • Mr Robert Blanch, Bachelor of Commerce/Science
  • Miss Anneke Donnelly, Bachelor of Engineering
  • Mr Lachlan Dunbar, Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development
  • Miss Riley McLeod, Bachelor of Arts
  • Mr Joachim McLean, Doctorate of Medicine
  • Mr Luke Richardson, Bachelor of Science with Diploma of Education
  • Mr Noah Spencer, Bachelor of Applied Science - Agronomy
  • Mr Ian Sneddon, International Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Miss Felicity Walker, Bachelor of Arts History and Curatorship
  • Mr Robert Walshaw, Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Miss Candy Welsh, Bachelor of Arts


  • Miss Megan Alba, Bachelor of Health Science
  • Mr Daniel Alderton, Bachelor of Engineering (Materials)
  • Miss Lisa Cooper, Bachelor of Arts
  • Miss Madeleine Durrant, Bachelor of Emergency Health
  • Miss Miranda Jones, Bachelor of Psychology
  • Miss Stephanie Martin, Bachelor of Nursing
  • Miss Roisin Muldoon, Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Miss Megan Erbacher


  • Miss Jamie Buchanan, Bachelor of Psychology and Criminology
  • Miss Sharika Fenton, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science
  • Miss Ilona Harris, Bachelor of International Studies
  • Mrs Tara Hart, Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Miss Alisha Kelly, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Miss Sharia Keys, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Mr Danial King, Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Mr Harrison Lucas, Bachelor of Information and Technology
  • Miss Meggan Macdonald, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama)
  • Miss Mylea Maythers, Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management/Bachelor of Business
  • Miss Naomi Nieuwendaal, Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
  • Mr Cameron Neuendorf, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise
  • Mr Christopher Peers, Bachelor of Education
  • Miss Lisa Skennerton, Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of International Business
  • Mr Alexander Smock, Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms Ann-Marie Timmins, Bachelor of Nursing Science
  • Mr Benjamin Trapp, Bachelor of Engineering


  • Miss Jessica Ashburner, Doctorate of Medicine
  • Miss Deni Campbell, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
  • Miss Amanda Drought, Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Miss Gabrielle Ducasse, Bachelor of Nursing


  • Mr Matthew Dawson, Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts
  • Mr Alexander Jenner, Bachelor of Paramedic Science


  • Mr Ernest Foster, Bachelor of Graphic Design/Bachelor of Communication in Advertising

*List of Bursary recipients who wish to be named.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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