In this video Mr Akers discusses his uncle’s short life, and the importance of the Clark Davis Ivins prize.
Private Clark Davis Ivins died of wounds received at the Battle of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea in 1942. He was just 24-years-old.
“He had, obviously, a very short life, but also a remarkable life, in terms of world history and in terms of world events,” his nephew, David Akers, General Manager of the ANU Colleges of Science says.
To commemorate his uncle, Mr Akers and his mother have set up the Clark Davis Ivins Memorial Prize for Security Studies.
The prize awards $400 to the first year student with the highest average mark across courses completed in a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Security or Bachelor of International Security Studies in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
“The army was probably the only way my Uncle Clark would ever have travelled the world, but our lives today are framed by travel and, especially, the security of the areas in which we travel,” Mr Akers says.
As well as paying a tribute to his uncle, the prize is aimed at inspiring first-year students to continue their studies.
“Our hope is to build this family endowment over the next few years to enable us to provide, in addition to the prize, an annual travel grant for ANU security studies students to undertake a study program in Japan,” Mr Akers says.