The Rotary Club of Adelaide has a close association with the Sir Charles Bright Scholarship trust.
The Sir Charles Bright Scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Sir Charles Bright, a former judge of the Supreme Court, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, and Chairman of Minda Homes.
When Sir Charles died in 1983, Malcolm Penn OAM, a blind lawyer, thought there should be something to memorialise Sir Charles. Malcolm asked the family if they would be happy for a scholarship for students with a disability to be established in his honour. The family gave their approval and contributed funds. By 1985, the first two scholarships of $400 each were presented.
The scholarships are awarded to disabled persons undertaking education, whether at University, Technical and Further education or other recognised post - secondary educational institutions.
Scholarships, each valued at $1500, are currently presented annually during February/March.
The Sir Charles Bright Scholarship is administered by a Board of Trustees of which Rotarian John Seaton is Chairman.
As more students applied for scholarships, major organisations were invited to be involved. For many years now, the Royal society for the Blind, Guide Dogs SA/NT, Paraplegic-quadraplegic association, the Brain Foundation, SCOSA and Multiple Sclerosis Society, together with 5RPH1197AM, have provided scholarships, designated for particular students.
Service Clubs have also provided scholarships such the Prospect/Blair Athol Lions, the Rotary Clubs of Adelaide and Brighton, and the Lions Club of Edwardstown and private donors. The Trust is a registered as a tax deductible charity.
It also receives support from Arts SA and the Dept. of Employment, Higher Education and Skills, with the Minister, Susan Close presenting the Scholarships this year.
The Trust has now been able to help around 343 students, and awarded scholarships approaching $380,000. In March 2016 13 scholarships were awarded. The co-founder and Administrator of the Trust, the late Malcolm Penn’s wife Rosemary Penn OAM frequently receives heartwarming feedback from the many students who have successfully completed their courses.
Applications for scholarships can be accessed by phoning 08 8261 6171 or at rphadelaide.org.au/scholarship.htm