At the recent Sophia Holland and Awards Presentation event the winners of the 2018 Jamieson Award and Joan Ritchie Award were announced.

Olivia Grivas was confirmed as this year’s Jamieson Award winner for her exemplary academic record and service to community. Olivia, who holds a Bachelor of Science (Geography) and is continuing her studies in Science and Law, has received other honours including top scoring female student in 1st year and 2nd year Geography, Blue Mountains ‘Young Person and the Year’ and has recently been a young Australian representative to Miami for Law Without Walls. She is a Senior Executive of the Sydney University Law Society, a founding member of the USYD Women in Science Society promoting women in STEM, is a founding partner of ‘High Spirits Escapes’ a tour company bringing women to female social enterprises in Nepal and has been a student volunteer in the Kakadu National Park working with the Gundjheilhmi Aboriginal Corporation.

This award is named in honour of long time member and AFGW NSW executive Mrs Hilda Jamieson. We congratulate Olivia and wish her all the best for her continued studies.

At the same event, the Joan Ritchie Award was presented to Kate Russell. Kate is in her second year at the University of Wollongong studying a Bachelor of Primary Education. Kate currently works as an SLSO at a local primary school and is passionate about completing her degree and being a community advocate and working with children.

A Highly Commended for the Joan Ritchie Award was also provided to candidate Teigan Forgione. Teigan is currently studying a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie. 

The Joan Ritchie Award was named in honour of Eastern Suburbs member Ms Ritchie who was a strong advocate of education for women and girls.

Kate Russell being presented her certificate by Verity Firth








The AFGW NSW congratulates the prize winners and thanks all applicants for their interest in the AFGW NSW Funding programs and dedication to their studies.