The Peter Beaumont Scholarship

Alumnus Peter Beaumont has established a scholarship to support academically talented students wishing to study pharmacy, but may not have the financial means to do so.

The Peter Beaumont Scholarship awards $5000 to a commencing Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) student in their first year of study based on academic achievement, financial need and living at least 50km outside Melbourne.

Peter comes from regional Victoria and a long line of pharmacists and other medical professionals.  He graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1957 and enjoyed a long career as a retail pharmacist, operating pharmacies in Shepparton, Aspendale and Seaford.

Peter sees supporting a scholarship as the ideal way to acknowledge the education that fostered a rewarding career. "It's a way of saying thank you to the profession and the many people who contributed to my education and to my country, which granted me a Commonwealth Scholarship".

Read more about Peter Beaumont's story

How to apply

Find out about eligibility and applying for The Peter Beaumont Scholarship.

How you can help

If you want 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

Meet the 2020 scholarship recipient

Maryam Salman, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy

  • “I feel extremely grateful for being recognised and selected to receive this prestigious scholarship.  Being the scholarship recipient motivates me to live up to the expectations of doing well at university.  Once again, I am sincerely thankful for the financial help this scholarship will provide me.” Maryam Salman

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and at the age of seven, due to my father’s job, my family moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We stayed in UAE for only a year and then moved to Oman, Muscat, where we lived for six years. Then in 2014, we immigrated to Australia, where we lived in different cities – Adelaide and Sydney, in search of better opportunities and finally we settled down in Melbourne, where we now live.

Throughout high school I enjoyed science subjects and knew that I wanted to have a career in the health care profession, however I was not certain what that career was. At the start of Year twelve a family friend who was finishing her pharmacy degree that year advised me to do pharmacy. She spoke very passionately about it and that really inspired me to get more information about the pharmacy field.

This search for information led me to attend Monash Open Day, where after consulting with Monash representatives from the pharmacy department, I finalised my decision to do pharmacy. I chose to study pharmacy at Monash, since Monash is ranked #2 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology according to the QS World University Rankings.

I was full of enthusiasm and was really looking forward to this new chapter of my life - going to university, however I went to campus only for one day and then the remote learning started due to COVID-19. It was a bit disappointing that I was not able to experience the normal start of university life. Despite that, my goals for this year are the same. This year I am hoping to get a job in a pharmacy, after COVID-19 settles down a little. As a first-year pharmacy student, this year is vital for my future studies and so I want to build a strong educational foundation now, so that I can excel in the upcoming years of my degree.

My educational goal is to do my best at university and succeed academically. As for my career goals, I envision myself working in a hospital pharmacy after completing my degree. I am also interested in doing research in oncology later in my career.

On a personal level I want to get involved in charity work that enables me to help those who do not have access to quality medicines and counsel them in regards to safe medicine use and promote health awareness. One of my objectives in life is to participate in charity work concerning health and medicines in Australia as well as in developing countries.

I also enjoy reading novels and watching movies, which I got to do plenty of during the summer holidays after my Year twelve. I am a family-oriented person, so I like to spend time with my family, this includes going out for picnics and playing board games at home.

Past recipients of The Peter Beaumont Scholarship

2019Ethan Zhen Huan Loo
2017Shamika Ratnayake
2016Andy Tran