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Dixon-Walsh Scholarship recipient Harrison Beer

Dixon-Walsh Scholarship recipient Harrison Beer

Dixon-Walsh Scholarship recipient announced

10 May 2018

The 2018 recipient of the Dixon-Walsh Scholarship is Harrison Beer, a 16-year-old student from Sydney, NSW. Harrison will be studying Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and Bachelor of Statistics at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE).

‘Actuarial Studies seemed like the right choice as it provides a challenge while still being mathematical, financial and economic in concept, which is what I am interested in. After an information seminar on Open Day, I was intrigued to see all the different ways we can collect and interpret data to help real-world problems. You cannot decide what to build a bridge out of if you don't collect data on the materials,’ Harrison explains.

As the first recipient of the Dixon-Walsh Scholarship, Harrison will be able to put a greater focus on his studies, with the financial burden of attending ANU alleviated by the financial support he will receive.

‘Financing University is one of those parts of life where even the prospect of struggling in the future can put a lot of strain on you. Being told that I was being given the opportunity to go to University and not struggle financially was amazing,’ Harrison says.

CBE alumnus, Mr. Alan Dixon, established the Scholarship with a $1.35m donation last year. Through his donation, he intends to celebrate Dixon Advisory's connection to Canberra and to ANU and to honour the friendship between his father, Mr. Daryl Dixon, and Mr. Max Walsh AM.

Daryl Dixon and his wife, Kate Dixon, are eager to follow Harrison’s progress at ANU.
‘"We are delighted to have met Harrison, such a gifted and thoughtful young man. We are thrilled to have him as the inaugural recipient of the Dixon-Walsh Scholarship. The Scholarship raises awareness of the disadvantages students of many backgrounds face in accessing quality tertiary education. We hope Harrison will fulfill his potential and have a rewarding student experience at ANU,’ they said.

The Scholarship is awarded to disadvantaged students commencing undergraduate studies at the CBE Research School of Finance and Actuarial Studies and Statistics (RSFAS).

Interim Director of RSFAS, Steve Sault congratulates Harrison on being the inaugural recipient of the Dixon-Walsh Scholarship.

“This Scholarship will help to transform many students’ lives well into the future by creating an equal footing ensuring that financial hardship is not an impediment to study at ANU,” he said.

Harrison is looking forward to his time at ANU and is excited to live up to the potential he knows he has. Receiving the Scholarship means he can enjoy the university experience without any added stress.

Updated:   10 May 2018 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team