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Your gift at work - archived stories from 2010

UniSA would like to acknowledge the broad range of gifts we receive from corporate and individual donors. Some of the unique programs established because of these generous gifts are detailed below.

Jean Lois Pearce

UniSA Chancellor, Dr Ian Gould and Mrs Jean Pearce The legacy of one of South Australia's quiet achievers, the late Jean Pearce, will continue through the scholarships awarded by the University of South Australia that bear the names of Jean and her family. Committed to providing equality to rural students, Jean provided inspiration and financial support to enable the recipients of her scholarships to achieve their educational goals. These scholarships echo Jean's passion and dedication to education and will stand as a lasting memorial to her generosity.

Mrs Jean Lois Pearce nee Hawke (1936 - 2009)

Jean Pearce was a teacher, farmer, community builder, philanthropist, mother and grandmother and a strong advocate for education, healthcare and the environment. A proud South Australian, Jean experienced first-hand the many challenges that young rural students face when dreaming of further education and a career. Receiving the opportunity to attend the Adelaide Teachers College created a passion for education - a cause she championed throughout her life. As an alumna of Adelaide Teachers College, an antecedent institution of UniSA, a strong relationship was forged between Jean and UniSA. Inspired to promote education and give back to the community, Jean used a bequest from her brother to establish the Don Hawke Memorial Scholarship in his memory. As well as being a major donor to the UniSA Library, Jean also established the Pearce Family Transition Grants to assist commencing students adjust to tertiary education and the Jean Pearce Environmental Scholarship to support Masters or PhD candidates as they undertook research into key environmental science areas.

Jean's philanthropic deeds were not limited to UniSA. In fact, she and her family supported a diverse range of areas from healthcare research to environmental programs to providing infrastructure. Financial donations as well as precious time were generously given to many charities and organisations in South Australia. Jean was also instrumental in initiating and co-ordinating community projects, including the "Little quilts of love" project which still continues after 12 years and has touched the lives of some 6,000 families.

At UniSA Jean Pearce also touched many lives, from the students she assisted, to the staff that were privileged to know her and the fellow Chancellor's Club members who counted her as a friend. We extend our deepest sympathies to her husband, Tom Pearce, and her family.


Trust Foundation supports our students

Trust LogoThe Development Office received two $30,000 grants from the Trust Foundation in 2009 and these grants will help two groups of UniSA students this year.

Students with a disability will be able to apply for one of 30 grants, valued at $1,000 each, with the money to be used for the purchase of specialised equipment to support their tertiary studies. The grants will reduce study adoption barriers and assist in improving the recipient's career options and quality of life.

Also thanks to the Trust Foundation's generous support, students from the School of Education will be able to apply for one of 30 grants of $1,000 each. These grants will cover travel and accommodation costs associated with completing the recipient's first placement in a country school. The grants are designed to encourage aspirations to teach in regional schools after graduation.

Preference is given to financially disadvantaged students in both cases. We know our students will be thrilled to have these opportunities opened up for them and thank all involved in the Trust Foundation for their generous support.