James Rapley Memorial Scholarship
Whitley College, was James' residential College for the first 3 years he was at Melbourne University.
Together with Whitley we have established a scholarship, the James Rapley Memorial Scholarship, for Rural students doing a Science or Engineering Degree.
Attending Whitley college had a tremendous impact on James' life.
Growing up in a small country town where sport is king, being the dux of the school was not "cool".
When he went to Whitley he suddenly discovered that being smart was "cool". Not only that, he could fit in with the Melbourne University basketball club and have access to a good Gym and training facilities and he quickly grew into the impressive man we remember.
At Whitley he also became involved in debating and public speaking clubs and, surprise surprise, won prizes for that as well.
Obviously we want his memory to go on and a perpetual scholarship in his name there is an appropriate way to go about it.
Our Family and friends, together with fundraising by Groupon and the Melbourne University Basketball Club, have donated approximately $120,000 to date, but we would like this amount to rise so that annual award can be of even more assistance, Any donation you could make would be most gratefully received
Donations to the Scholarship at Whitley College may be made directly to the college by cheque, or by clicking on the GiveNow link at the bottom of their page
All donations are Tax deductible in Australia