2021 Katrina Dawson Foundation Scholars
We are delighted to introduce you to [from left to right], Leilah Warlik, Hannah Jones, Molly Tuit and Georgina Ferreira. At Women’s College, they join Hannah Heading and Amy Cooper (2020 KDF Scholars) and Isabella Harris (2018 KDF Scholar).
Leilah hails from Perth, Western Australia. Her passion is to work with animals and wildlife conservation. She excelled at school academically and chose to study a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney because of the unique partnership that the University has with the Taronga Wildlife Conservation program.
Her co-curricular interests include completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2020, being a peer support leader and a member of her school’s Student Council, as well as involvement in her local Rotary and Interact Clubs to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation and a primary school in Vietnam.
Hannah grew up in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. She is currently studying Engineering (Chemical Bio-molecular) and aspires to work as a doctor or biomedical engineer focusing on genetic technologies.
Hannah is also an international level soccer player, representing Australia in the Junior Matildas in the 2017 Asian Cup, and was a member of the 2019 Australian School Girls Team.
As noted by her school principal: “She excels at everything she does, whether it be on the sporting field or in the classroom. She is softly spoken, polite to a fault, honest, trustworthy and responsible...and will contribute to the community [at College].”
Molly Tuit Molly grew up in Sydney, New South Wales. At high school she was a prefect and house sports captain. She was also captain of tennis and was actively involved in community tennis, school swimming, cross country, basketball (firsts), netball, and her school’s musical performances.
Molly is now in her second year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Project Management. Molly attained a Distinction average in her first year, and was awarded the Gillam Prize this year. While at College she has been actively involved in many activities, such as co-convening the Rosebowl basketball team, playing in the winning Rosebowl tennis squad, participating in the women’s rugby 7s competition, and performing in the College’s annual Cabaret. Molly was also captain of a Sydney University Lawn Tennis Club Badge team.
Georgina is studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Advanced Studies, with majors in Economics and Indonesian. She would like to follow her entrepreneurial passion and build a business that utilises both her language skills and commercial acumen.
Georgina grew up in South Africa and moved to Australia as a teenager. She was co-captain of St Ives High School, where she was described as an “outstanding” school captain due to her strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Proactive and highly organised, she is an excellent public speaker and a strong spokesperson for her peers. Her hobbies include Lifesaving Patrol (including competing at national level in IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) racing), as well as competing in figure skating at a national level (in both South Africa and Australia).
Above all else, relationships are key to Georgina: “Whether I’m helping someone, making a meeting agenda, writing a speech or having a conversation with someone in the corridor, I do it with kindness and with purpose, because each time is an opportunity to connect with someone.”