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. The scholarship will be awarded to a Year 12 Australian citizen on the basis of ATAR score and demonstrated financial need and be administered through the Monash Scholarships Office.

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 want to make a difference to a future student, please consider donating to an existing scholarship today. Or, to discuss setting up your own named scholarship, bursary or other award, please contact Harry Azidis, the Alumni Engagement Officer on Tel: +61 3 9903 9087, e-mail: harry.azidis@monash.edu.

Meet the 2016 scholarship recipient

An Thuy Anna Nguyen, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

The life of a university student can be very demanding in many aspects. The physical demands of juggling schoolwork with a part-time job, the mental demands of learning and studying, and the financial demands of school supplies and transport can take its toll.

The Michael Halprin Scholarship I received in 2016 has enabled me to pursue my studies without the worry of the financial side of things pressing down on me. I do believe that because of this I was able to achieve the results that I did, and am able to continue into my second year of Pharmacy. I hope that in the coming year I will be able to continue developing my knowledge about the pharmaceutical practice and hopefully be able to apply it in my newfound pharmacy job.

Even with the advantages the scholarship gave me, last year was definitely not easy. Like many, I struggled with the transition from high school to university where success relied on my ability to be independent and self-motivated. There were times where I wondered if pharmacy really was for me as I attended the fifth lecture in a row where I had no idea what the lecturer was talking about. And there were times where I physically flinched from the sound of my alarm ringing at 6am, dreading the school day before me.

I believe a scholarship is not only a privilege but also a responsibility; a responsibility to study, to not give up, to stay motivated and to persist when things get hard. Understanding and appreciating this responsibility pulled me out of the bed at 6am on those mornings I just did not want to get up. To any incoming scholarship recipients, I hope they do not take it for granted and understand the opportunity been afforded them. Scholarship donors provide you this scholarship because of their belief in you and your ability to succeed, so you have to try your hardest.

Past recipients of the Michael Keith Halprin Scholarship
2015Hong Chien Martin Phan
2014Anna Diep