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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2017 scholarship recipient
Shamika Ratnayake, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy
I was born in Sunshine to Sri Lankan parents who migrated to Australia 20 years ago. I presently live in a suburb called Albanvale where I have lived for most of my life. Growing up I was involved in many cultural and religious activities, and was willing to participate in anything. I started my schooling journey in 2004 at a school in Taylors Hill called Gilson College, and in 2016 I was fortunate enough to graduate from the same school.
From a young age, I realised that my desire was to become a medical professional. This desire soon became my ambition, and my goal was to finish school with the necessary marks for me to become a Pharmacist. I wanted to become a pharmacist in year 10 when I completed my work experience at the local pharmacy. The environment there was inviting, and I was able to observe the patient-pharmacist relationship and how important pharmacists are to the community.
As a result of staying in the same school I have always felt stable, and was never used to adapting to a new long-term environment. So, when it came to graduating from school and choosing a university, I felt a huge burden and a sense of fear, not knowing how I would adapt to the new environment. I knew I wanted to become a pharmacist, so when looking for universities, I came across Monash University. This course appealed to me straight away, because the prospect of having both a bachelor and master degree in 5 years, and completing it at a respectable and reputable university in Australia was amazing. Distance was also a major factor for me, because I wasn’t used to travelling long distances alone. Seeing that the course was at Parkville I was extremely satisfied knowing that the campus was easy to get to.
Finding out that the Peter Beaumont scholarship was awarded to me, not only bought me happiness but a sense of relief. Now I know I don’t have to worry about many of my burdens that were blurring my path to success. I have heard that the first year is always the hardest in many courses, but thanks to the scholarship I will be able to spend more time focusing on my studies and will be able to use the money on resources that are required for my studies. Thanks to you, Mr. Peter Beaumont, my travel costs are also reduced and I will be able to spend some money on treating my parents.
Past recipients of The Peter Beaumont Scholarship