BCom graduate Andrew Wheeler awarded Rhodes Scholarship

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University of Melbourne Rhodes Scholarship recipients Andrew Wheeler and Hamish McKenzie with Graham Hutchinson (General Secretary, the Rhodes Scholarships in Australia)

The Faculty of Business and Economics congratulates Andrew Wheeler who was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship (Australia at Large).

Andrew completed his BCom (Degree with Honours in Economics) in 2012. While enrolled, he became President of the Financial Management Association of Australia student society and was appointed as an Associate at LEK Consulting after graduation.

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Paul Kofman praised Andrew’s achievement, “As a tutor, mentor, volunteer, and sponsor Andrew has engaged with a diverse range of community organisations. The Faculty congratulates him on this well-deserved honour,” he said.

Andrew’s community involvement has seen him work with Kikkalora SACCOS (a micro finance organisation in Tanzania), the Drummond Street Services (tutoring Sudanese refugees) and the New Hope for Cambodian Children Orphanage. He co-founded the Australian Indigenous Education Support (AIES) donating much needed computers to schools in the NT and PNG in partnership with the NT Department of Education.

Andrew was also Valedictorian of his graduating class and also represented Victoria in Athletics. More recently, he led a research team with ChildFund in PNG, designing projects to educate mothers on nutritional practices to fight child malnutrition.

Andrew says securing a Rhodes Scholarship is a tremendous honour, “I’m acutely aware of the responsibility that accompanies it. I look forward to the challenge of living up to the scholarship’s long history of outstanding community leadership.”

“I’m incredibly grateful for all the support the faculty has given me, and the exceptional opportunities that I had here as a student.”

Andrew’s Rhodes Scholarship profile can be viewed at: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/rhodes-scholars-elect-class-of-2015/andrew-wheeler

 

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