Michael Keith Halprin Scholarship

A very generous gift made by 1967 Pharmacy alumnus, Michael Halprin will ensure academically talented students wishing to study pharmacy, but without the financial means to do so, will now be able to pursue their dream.

Michael has established the Michael Keith Halprin scholarship fund that will finance a $5000 annual scholarship for at least the next ten years.

Michael said it was his hope to be able to fund the Halprin scholarship in perpetuity and he has made provision in his Will to accomplish this.

Michael comes from a family of pharmacists. His father and two of his uncles were pharmacists and Michael did his traineeship under his father, Harry. He initially owned a pharmacy in East Brunswick before joining forces with fellow Monash graduates Didimo Tonelli and Luigi Pierri to purchase pharmacies in Broadmeadows, Essendon and Ripponlea.

How to apply

Find out about eligibility and applying for the Michael Keith Halprin Scholarship.

How you can help

If you would like to make a difference to a future student, please consider donating to an existing scholarship today.  To discuss setting up your own named scholarship or award, please contact Marian Simkin, Alumni and Foundation Officer, on +61 3 9903 9087 or email marian.simkin@monash.edu.

Meet the 2020 scholarship recipient

Vivien Le, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Master of Pharmacy

“Thank you so much for your generosity. I did not think I would get awarded a scholarship. I am very happy and grateful for your support. I will do my best in my studies.” Vivian Le

I grew up in south east Melbourne and am currently in my first year studying pharmacy at Monash University. I have a younger brother currently in year 11. My mum was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 when I was in year 9 which was a bit of a shock and a pretty scary time. I am so happy that she is here with us. I help her as much as I can to make her life more enjoyable.

For my hobbies and interests; I like to read books, watch movies and explore new places. I do not particularly like going to the beach or pool and my favourite season is winter.

Initially, I was not sure exactly what I wanted to study at university however I knew I wanted a career in the health field that involved helping people. I did enjoy chemistry during high school which led me to choosing pharmacy. Although it was the fact that pharmacy involves not only the chemistry aspect but also the interacting and helping people factor, which made me want to pursue pharmacy.

I chose to study here at Monash University after coming to the open days and talking to people. Listening to ambassadors at Monash talking passionately about pharmacy and their experiences of campus life made me want to not only study pharmacy but also study at Monash as well.

Studying my university course online has been a different experience with both benefits and disadvantages. It has been tough for everyone to transition to online learning and do things virtually such as meetings and assessments. Although, there are advantages of being able to do things at my own pace and easy access to family and home.

By the end of this year, I am hoping that I would have gotten use to how university works (at least virtually for now) and have established a good work ethic and balance to university life. So far, with the online studying, I have not properly explored the campus so I am looking forward to doing that when the COVID-19 situation has been managed.

For my career goals, I want to become a pharmacist that can help people and make a difference in their lives. I am particularly interested in hospital pharmacy however this may change when I graduate.

Thank you for supporting my university studies through the Michael Keith Halprin Scholarship.

Past recipients of the Michael Keith Halprin Scholarship

2019Stephanie Tran
2018Wan Ying Xia and Reza Khalili
2016An Thuy Anna Nguyen
2015Hong Chien Martin Phan
2014Anna Diep