Over the past 60 years, more than 600 John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to students, thanks to one of the most significant bequests in the University’s history.
More than 150 donors, staff, alumni and scholarship recipients recently attended a special event celebrating this milestone and the broader legacy of philanthropy at RMIT.
The event, Celebrating the impact of philanthropy: 60 years of John Storey Junior scholarships, was hosted by RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE and held in Storey Hall, named in honour of the Storey family’s contribution to the University.
Guests heard from past recipients of the John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarships, including Thomas Preuss and Isobel Roberts-Orr, on how they had changed their lives.
The event also marked the establishment of the University’s bequest program, which aims to formally acknowledge the contributions of those who have made a gift to RMIT in their will, and to encourage others to create their own legacy for the future.
The John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarships program was created by Sir John Storey, who left a sizable gift to RMIT in his will to commemorate the life of his son.
In the 1940s, John Storey Junior was an active Mechanical Engineering student at RMIT, then known then as the Melbourne Technical College, who helped found the Student Representative Council, acted as its first President, and lobbied for the establishment of a central library.
He developed leukaemia and died in 1947, aged just 22.
The bequest finances John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarships, which are awarded each year to enable students to travel overseas on their first international exchanges.
“Philanthropy, especially in education, is so powerful,” Martin said.
“That’s why RMIT has committed to increasing the number of scholarships we offer by establishing the RMIT Scholarship Philanthropy Fund.
“Donations to this Fund will be matched by the University up to $10 million dollars to the end of this year.
“Philanthropy will continue to play an important role here at RMIT, shaping and supporting this wonderful University for many generations to come”.