Previous Recipients

Previous recipients used the scholarship to buy IT equipment, cricket bats, guitars, footy boots and enter endurance races.

2024 Recipients

Board members Lindy and Ivor with the 2024 recipients.

Already a talented multi-instrumentalist, Ben will use the scholarship funds to upgrade his existing keyboard and mic and to turn his hand to the saxophone or accordion. We’re not surprised that Ben won the 2022 Mordi Idol competition: Mordialloc first, Australia next!

The Board was already impressed with Evan’s passion for critical thinking and problem solving, especially when focused at STEM subjects and electronics. That Evan built a computer using parts found in hard rubbish sealed the deal as Richard Williams loved rescuing and repairing items that were otherwise destined for landfill.

Kai embodies the kind of spirit that Richard William’s loved: acts of service to the community, smashing out a tune on the drums, resilience and perseverance, and an ambition to master an obscure trade like luthiering. After a year of weekly drum lessons paid for by the Scholarship, we’re hoping Kai will accompany the 2025 scholarship presentation with a fierce drum roll!

Madison’s ability to manage the demands of both academics and sports exemplifies his strong work ethic and determination to achieve his goals. With his eyes set on a career in the AFL, the RW Scholarship Board is pleased to be able to support his rehab from a serious physical injury by providing recovery equipment like compression boots and orthotics.

With eyes set to the sky and his feet on the ground as a player for a local basketball team, Sam will use the RW Scholarship to buy a telescope. Sam’s passion for science with a special interest in astronomy impressed the Board. Shoot for the stars Sam!

We like to think we’re a smart group at the RW Scholarship but we’re happy to leave synthetic geometry to Zhu and René Descartes to sort out!  We were impressed by Zhu’s dedication to independent study and seeking resources outside of those available locally to further their knowledge.

2023 Recipients

Sarah is completely devoted to dancing, spending eight hours a week in classes, voluntarily teaching dance to 5-6 year-olds, and spending many more hours preparing for competitions with their dance team. With all that dancing, it’s no wonder that Sarah’s shoes wear out and that the budget for participating in competitions is very stretched. We’re very happy to help out by awarding a scholarship.

Celestine is incredibly passionate about music, particularly piano, and received Honours for their Grade 8 music exam.

Celestine’s now practising for their first Diploma in Music, and we’re proud to be able to help take their talents even further with a contribution towards a long-dreamed-of second-hand grand piano.

L to R: Board members Ivor, Steve, recipients Leon, Aaron, Collin, Zoe and Maddy with board member Lindy and Mordialloc College Principal Michelle Roberts

Talented twins Leon and Aaron have already made a splash as swimming champions in breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke and freestyle at the Mordialloc College Swimming Carnival and the Metropolitan South Championships. The scholarship will help them with contributions for training, competition and swim club fees, as well as equipment, freeing up the household budget for their many other sporting and academic interests.

Collin’s ambitions are sky high, with plenty of ideas for designing and building aircraft and spacecraft. The scholarship will help Collin on their way by assisting with extracurricular advanced maths and science activities.

Zoe has a wide range of interests ranging from sport to drama to music – including piano and saxophone – and plans to pursue a career in music and performing arts. We’re happy to support Zoe along their path by helping to purchase an alto saxophone.

Maddy’s mad about the saxophone and, as a year 12 student, has an eye on continuing the love affair after finishing at Mordialloc. Unfortunately, Maddy’s computer recently gave up the ghost affecting their music, studies and other interests. We’re happy to report that we helped purchase a new one.

2022 Recipients

The King brothers should watch out as the Tregellis siblings are coming for your crowns! Abbey and Katie used their 2022 scholarship money to further their AFLW ambitions. Footy boots that actually fit women’s feet, new training balls, a rebounder and training camps have all helped boost the game of these rising stars.

Jay has their sights set on a career in the trades and used the 2022 scholarship money to buy tools of the trade. Already a VCAL Award for Excellent winner, Jay has shown a real aptitude for the work, having secured a permanent part-time job while while completing their education.

Lachlan has a bright future planned with ambitions to study business or commerce at Uni in 2023. The lack of a laptop was holding their academic ambitions back. The scholarship money was used to purchase a good laptop and the software needed to complete Lachlan’s high school studies and set them up for success in their tertiary education.

Seven years of swim training paid off for Bonnie in 2022 when they was chosen as part of the PARC swimming squad.

Squad swimming is both a big time and financial commitment, so the Richard Williams Scholarship was pleased to be able to support such a talented swimmer to continue to challenge themself.

Board members Ivor, Steve and Lindy with the 2022 recipients. Absent is Tash Konisberry who’s lifelong love of swimming sees Tash in the water more than on land! A volunteer surf lifesaver and nippers trainer, an open-water swim competitor and a member of the PARC swimming squad requires a lot of bathers, googles and training gear which the Scholarship is pleased to be able to provide.

2021 Recipients

Jack used his scholarship money to buy a top-of-the-line bat.

Jack is pictured here with Board Member Lindy Langshaw alongside Andrew Jamison who has offered sponsorship of the senior uniforms and mentoring for Jack alongside the scholarship.

Kirilli is an awesome artist but old equipment was slowing them down. The scholarship meant Kirilli could upgrade to a modern iPad with an Apple Pen and purchase digital art software.

You’re going to have to move fast to keep up with Zahra! They are winning races all over Melbourne, outpacing athletes many years their senior.

The bursary from the RW Scholarship Fund was used to buy running shoes (Zahra burns through multiple pairs a year) and to pay entrance fees for events.

Already a State Champion Life Saver, in 2021 Max was getting ready to finish their high school career and pursue a university education in IT.

The Richard Williams Scholarship meant that Max could upgrade their computer hardware and software. This boost benefited them not just as they completed high school but meant they had the right equipment to hit the ground running for Uni.

Lucy is a talented musician, writing and recording their own songs.

A bursary from the Richard Williams Scholarship in 2021 allowed Lucy to buy a new electric guitar and amplifier.

We’ll be expecting a shout out when you win your first ARIA Lucy!