24 Jan 2023
With the full support of the Chair of the St John’s College Foundation, Mr Shaun Cousins and the immediate past Chair, Mr David George McMurray, it is with great honour and gratitude that I announce the establishment of the Glen and Suzanne Coorey Scholarship.
In their immense generosity, Dr Glen and Mrs Suzanne Coorey have left a $500,000 bequest to be split equally between the Foundation and the College. The College Council has agreed to establish the Glen and Suzanne Coorey Scholarship, with this to be supported by the Foundation. As Rector, I will identify a suitable recipient(s), in consultation with the Chair of the St John’s College Foundation and the President of the St John’s College Alumni Association, Mr Paul Dellow. The scholarships will preference students from rural, regional and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each year, the Glen and Suzanne Coorey Scholarship is aiming to jointly fund two half-scholarships at St John’s College, one for a female student and one for a male student. This will enable students to attend College who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so in light of the barriers faced by some rural and regional students who wish to attend the College.
The College remains immensely grateful to Dr Glen and Mrs Suzanne Coorey for their lifetime advocacy and support of St John’s, and their biographies appear here:
Click here for Glen Coorey’s biography
Click here for Suzanne Coorey’s biography
I am honoured that these scholarships are the first since my appointment as Rector, and I look forward to sharing with our alumni and supporter community the progression of the recipients in the years to come.
The Coorey bequest is not only a testament, but also a celebration of their deep connection to the College, our values and traditions.
The Foundation Board also acknowledges the generosity of Glen and Suzanne, with Chair Cousins remarking that their bequest is –
An extraordinary legacy that will connect Glen and Suzanne to the lives of students whom, though they will never meet, will be forever impacted by their gift.
On behalf of the Foundation Board, the College Council, our alumni and current and future generations of students, I extend our eternal gratitude in loving memory of Glen and Suzanne for their remarkable gift, may they rest in peace.
Scholarships like these help the College to nurture Australia’s leaders of tomorrow – it is without doubt an investment like no other. If you are interested in learning more about how you can create a lasting legacy through our Planned Giving program, please contact Sanchia Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
Dr Mark Schembri