Supporters of Notre Dame

Scholarships change lives

The selection of scholarships offered by The University of Notre Dame Australia reflects the enduring generosity of our donors towards our students.

Every student’s story is different and scholarships are often a life-changing financial contribution that enables them to commence or continue their studies, without the added stress presented by the day to day costs of living. This could mean buying food, paying rent, transport and household bills, bringing up children as single parents, being a family on one income, becoming unemployed or caring for a sick loved one.

Our scholarships also reward students who have demonstrated academic brilliance and aim to encourage them to always strive for success.

Scholarships change lives by providing essential assistance when it is needed the most. The University wishes to recognise the support of our most generous donors, thank them for placing their trust in our students and acknowledge their ongoing commitment to Notre Dame by sharing their stories.


“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my scholarship donor, Mr John Honner. Without his most generous contribution I personally don’t believe that I would have achieved as much as I have so far. I will forever be grateful for his support throughout my studies and will never be able to thank him enough – I really hope to do him proud.”

Mikayla Cooper, Bachelor of Nursing student

Recipient of The Clem & Rita Honner Perpetual Scholarship in Nursing


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Our Donors

John Honner, a retired farmer from Narrogin, has been an incredibly generous donor to The University of Notre Dame Australia since its foundation. He supports three scholarships at the Fremantle Campus – The Justin John Honner Perpetual Scholarship in Nursing, The Clem & Rita Honner Perpetual Scholarship in Nursing, and The Wilhelm & Elizabeth Klein Nursing Scholarship.

Monsignor Michael Keating has provided critical support for Notre Dame and has been a most generous benefactor and a source of wise counsel to the University Trustees, Directors and Governors since its early days and formation in 1989. He assists Notre Dame students through The Leonard & Ursula Keating Scholarship and The Monsignor E. Sullivan Scholarship.

John and Bernadette Magee married in 1955 and lived a rewarding life together until John passed away in 2016. Driven by their strong commitment to social justice and education, and to honour John’s memory, Bernadette established The John Joseph Magee PSM Scholarship in early 2017, which was followed by The Bernadette Magee Scholarship for Regional WA Students three years later.

In November 2018 Celeste Holm was a School of Nursing & Midwifery student about to graduate after three fulfilling years at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus. Generous and compassionate, past scholarship recipient and a natural philanthropist, Celeste decided to establish The Holm Family Scholarship in Nursing once she became an alumna.

The Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia was founded in 1937 and their motto Charity, Work and Loyalty has been ‘lived’ by their members for more than 75 years. The Catholic Women's League of Western Australia (Inc.) Scholarship was established in 2012 to assist and encourage female students at the Fremantle Campus, with special consideration given to candidates from regional or remote Western Australia.

Ron and Helen Dullard established The HELYRON Education Scholarship in 2013, after retiring from full-time work. The Scholarship is open to commencing students in the School of Education and assists with expenses and tuition fees for their first year of studies. The name HELYRON is a composite of Helen and Ron, their son Heath and his wife Lynne.

Alec Horan donated funds to Notre Dame in his Will to establish The Alexander Sergius Eustace Horan Scholarship in the School of Law at the Fremantle Campus, so that someone else would have the chance to follow the dream to study Law he did not have the opportunity to pursue, even if he would never witness the changes to students’ lives his contribution would make.

Hilda Evelyn Jury was a retired nurse from Claremont, Western Australia, who spent the last years of her life in Bentley, where she passed away in November 2008. In 1996 Hilda had toured the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia and advised of her intention to include the University in her Will. The Hilda Jury Scholarship was established in 2020 thanks to her bequest.