Notre Dame student benefits from generous bequest

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 31-1-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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Fifth year Law student, Malerie Durham’s outstanding work was rewarded recently when she received The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle’s annual John O’Halloran Legal Scholarship.

This is the second year Notre Dame has honoured the bequest of highly respected Perth legal practitioner, Mr John O’Halloran, to provide financial assistance to a full time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws degree.

Ms Durham, who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts degree, received the scholarship due to her good results, extra curricular activities and a concern for others.

“I feel extremely privileged to have received this. It is great to have my academic and community work acknowledged, but it also encourages me to do more in 2008.

“It will be a huge assistance in paying for textbooks and unit fees. The scholarship will allow me to work a little less and focus more time on my studies,” said Ms Durham.

Mr O’Halloran won a government scholarship in 1923, enabling him to attend secondary school at St Ildephonsus College, New Norcia. He then won a Hackett Bursary, becoming one of the first law students to study at the Nedlands Campus of UWA 1932.

Considering himself fortunate in receiving these scholarships, Mr O’Halloran made his bequest, requesting it be used to assist law students as he had been assisted. This was honoured by his nieces, Moya Durack and Helen Ryan.

Moira Saunders 08 9433 0611, 0408 959 138