Scholarship launched in memory of Law alumnus

Nicholas Auden
Nicholas Auden

Monash University will celebrate the ongoing legacy of alumnus Nicholas Auden, who tragically passed away in 2013, with the launch of a scholarship in his name.

Auden’s two-year battle with cancer came to the public’s attention through the social media campaign “Save Locky’s Dad” driven by his son to gain access to trial cancer medication in the USA.

The Nicholas Auden International Study Scholarship will provide financial assistance to a Monash Faculty of Law student undertaking a one-year pathways program in the United Kingdom.


The scholarship reflects Auden’s own educational journey, which saw him undertake study at Monash and the University of Oxford.

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Bryan Horrigan, said the program would ensure a lasting legacy for Auden and his journey.

“A fitting way to recognise Nicholas’ commitment to educational excellence during his time as a law student and, following graduation, his contribution to the legal profession and international business community, would be to establish a legacy fund for an international scholarship to study in the United Kingdom,” Professor Horrigan said.

First year funding of $25,000 towards the scholarship has been made possible through the support of Monash and Herbert Smith Freehills, the law firm where Auden commenced his career.

Former colleague at Herbert Smith Freehills and now Development Manager at the Monash Faculty of Law, Sarah Rainbird, said the scholarship is a fitting tribute to an admired member of the Monash community.

“Nick will be remembered as a talented lawyer and business professional, keen sportsman, compassionate mentor, and loving and dedicated husband, father, son and friend,” Ms Rainbird said.

A successful businessman here and abroad, Auden was diagnosed with a stage four melanoma in 2011. Through his son’s short film “Save Locky’s Dad” his plight came into the spotlight as he attempted to get access to cancer medication on trial in the USA.

The campaign drew high-profile support at home and abroad, with well-known Australian businessman Ron Walker, AFL star Sam Mitchell, and British comedian Ricky Gervais all adding their voices to the cause.

The first one-year scholarship will be offered in 2015, with further philanthropic support needed to ensure this scholarship will be available in the future. To support the endowment for the Nicholas Auden International Study Scholarship donate online or by phone (+61 3 9903 1608).