New travel grants launched for Security students

5 September 2017

International Security Studies students studying at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs will soon be eligible for one of two new travel grants worth $1000 each.

The grants, run through the Global Learning Program, are an expansion of the existing Clark Davis Ivins Memorial Endowment that commemorates the legacy of Private Ivins, an Australian solider who lost his life in the Battle for Milne Bay in 1942.

Upon launching the grants, Mr David Akers spoke on behalf of the family of Private Ivins.

“It is our wish that these travel grants help young Australians explore and study the world, and contribute to a future of regional stability and global peace,” said Mr Akers.

Professor John Blaxland said the program would encourage students to undertake credit-bearing study in the Asia Pacific region.

“The travel grants program is designed to recall the sacrifice of military personnel in periods of war and conflict, to facilitate the cross-cultural engagement of young people in the Asia Pacific region, and to develop cooperative relationships which guard against loss of life in the future,” he said.

In addition to the travel grants, the Clark Davis Ivins Memorial Endowment funds the Memorial Prize for First Year Security Studies. The Prize’s most recent winner, student Brandon Smith, described the award as an honour.

“It has provided me with a greater flexibility to attend a number of interesting lectures and seminars that have sparked ideas and new pathways within my International Security Studies degree. I am so grateful for new doors this Memorial Prize has opened up for me.”

The Clark Davis Ivins Travel Grants will be awarded from 2018.

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