The most significant single fund-raising activity of the Friends of Antiquity to date has been its success in raising more than $100,000 to provide the capital to fund a Scholarship in honour and memory of its first Patron, Mrs Betty Fletcher.
Betty Fletcher graduated from the University of Queensland in 1931 with First Class Honours in Classics and the following year gained Honours in Philosophy. She was a generous donor over several years in the 1980s to Classics and Ancient History.
When Betty died in 1990, Friends of Antiquity resolved to honour her memory by raising the capital for and establishing a Travelling Scholarship to enable a meritorious student of Classics and Ancient History to travel for academic purposes to the lands of classical antiquity which had meant so much to her. The scholarship, which was awarded for the first time in 1992, is named the Betty Fletcher Memorial Travelling Scholarship.
The scholarship has been awarded nearly every year since 1992 to a deserving student who has been chosen by a selection committee which consists of the President of the Friends of Antiquity, the Discipline Convenor of Classics and Ancient History and the Head of School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics (or nominee). The successful scholar is required to give a presentation to the Friends of Antiquity after his or her return to Australia on the scholarly benefits achieved from their travel overseas. All the scholars have made excellent use of their award (currently $5,000) and all have benefitted greatly from the experience.
A bronze plaque with a portrait of Betty Fletcher, inscribed:
(Philosophos, Philokalos, Philanthropos) - a Lover of Wisdom, a Lover of Beauty, a Lover of Humanity. This plaque, designed and sculpted by Dr Rhyl and Mr Rob Hinwood, may be seen near the entry to the Antiquities Museum.
|2016||Vivien Muller||2003||Llynneth Crawford|
|2015||Oscar Goldman||2002||Paula Johnson|
|2014||Johanna Qualmann||2001||Josephine Brice|
|2013||Eleanor Isdale||2000||Pamela How|
|2012||Timothy Hamlyn||1999||Janet Mack|
|2011||Susan Edmondson||1998||Paul Roche|
|2010||James Donaldson||1997||Sandra Christou|
|2009||Not awarded in this year||1996||Shamus Sillar|
|2008||Nicole Barnier||1995||Cathryn Cogill|
|2007||Jennifer Manley||1994||Devon Nugent|
|2006||Michael Welch||1993||Geoff Tully|
|2005||Melissa Cadden||1992||Allison Bartlett|