Virtual Rhodes Scholarship Reception
The Governor attended a Virtual Rhodes Scholarship Reception to introduce the shortlisted candidates for the 2021 Rhodes Scholarship to the Selection Committee members.
During the reception, the Governor reflected on the significance and standing of the Scholarship, of the candidates themselves, and noted the challenges of the year since last hosting the Rhodes Scholarship Reception.
Each year, nine Rhodes Scholarships are available for outstanding Australians to study at the University of Oxford. One Rhodes Scholarship is offered in each of the States (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA and TAS) and three for Australia-at-Large.
About 100 Rhodes Scholars are selected from around 60 nominated countries around the world every year, with two Global Scholars selected from any other country. There are now over 5,000 Rhodes Scholars worldwide, and alumni connections are growing.
2021 Rhodes Scholarship WA Recipient Announcement
The Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee (WA)
- Ms Joanne Farrell as Chair
- Dr Vanessa Guthrie
- Mr Rohan Mishra
- Professor David Shirley
- Professor Sue Fletcher
- Ms Malindi Haggett
- Mr Craig Wood
2021 Rhodes Scholarship nominated Candidates:
- Conrad Hogg
- Matthew Blacker
- Regina Nunag
- Jesse Schelfhout
- Max Anderson
- Hamish Newman
At the Prescott Room at the University of Western Australia, the Governor was joined by Selection Committee members and all six candidates via Zoom.
The Governor was proud to announce that the winner of the 2021 Rhodes Scholarship was Max Anderson Loake.
“Max is in for a real treat over the next three years. It will be three years of heaven. Oxford is lovely and the environment is fantastic. I have always said that if you take the top 10% of every university in Australia and put them all together you would have Oxford University. That’s the type of operative environment Max will be in, which he is not unfamiliar with, but which is supercharged. Max will find it extremely interesting. He will meet very interesting people that will reach out to him because of the work he is doing. It is unbelievably critical particularly in this era. The work on large data studies will provide much needed insight.“