An exclusive in-conversation event has been held to celebrate 10 years of the Jacques Nasser Scholarships Program at RMIT.
The event, which included a discussion between the Chancellor of RMIT, Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, and BHP Billiton Chairman, Jacques Nasser AO, was attended by more than 40 current and past recipients of Jacques Nasser Scholarships.
The night was also one of the last functions attended by RMIT's former Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, who said: "Jacques Nasser is a champion of innovation and entrepreneurship who understands that education is a powerful way to build capacity for the future.
"We are proud to have Jacques Nasser as an important member of our alumni community who is making a wonderful contribution to RMIT."
Dr Switkowski led a discussion with Mr Nasser on leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and insights from his extensive career, which was followed by a lively question and answer session.
"I'd witnessed the vibrancy of alumni scholarship programs in the US and I wanted some of that to rub off in Australia," Mr Nasser said.
"Inherently I wanted to give back to RMIT, knowing that if I helped even one person, it would be worthwhile."
Two alumni who have benefited from the program and subsequently established their own businesses, Kate Johansson and Charlotte Parker, spoke about the personal and professional impact of receiving the scholarships.
"I received a travel scholarship and it opened up a whole new world," Ms Parker said.
"I hope one day I'm the position to pay it forward and create my own scholarship to help others."
The Jacques Nasser Scholarship Program is one of RMIT's most significant scholarship programs and has made a difference to many students in the College of Business, and RMIT as a whole.
The program was created in 2004 to promote the development of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial culture in Australia by supporting students undertaking the Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT.
Since its establishment, scholarships from the Jacques Nasser Scholarship Fund have been awarded more than 100 times, and have supported more than 70 students in pursuing their goals for entrepreneurship and innovation.