Prizes

In October of each year, Avondale students who have excelled in their chosen area have the opportunity of being awarded with one or more of the following prizes, generously donated by our wonderful sponsors. During semester 2, each Faculty Learning & Teaching Committee meets to review the criteria for the prizes in their disciplines and to nominate a worthy recipient for each prize. The nominations are then presented to the College Learning & Teaching Committee for approval.

Faculty of Arts, Nursing & Theology

Discipline of Humanities & Creative Arts

Adventist Media Digital Media Prize
A prize worth $1,000 in recognition of quality of performance in the art of audio and video production and utilization of digital media to communicate to the general public. The prize is generously sponsored by Adventist Media. View full criteria

Adventist Media Journalism Prize
A prize for excellence in journalism worth $1,000, awarded in recognition of excellence in journalism as demonstrated by academic achievement and publication record. The prize is generously sponsored by Adventist Media. View full criteria

Allen & Andrea Steele Huguenot History Prize
A prize of $1000 awarded to a student with a history minor or major, in recognition of outstanding scholarship in History. The prize is generously sponsored by Dr Allen & Mrs Andrea Steele, and from royalties of the book The French Pilot. View full criteria

Avondale Conservatorium Alan & Yvonne Thrift Perpetual Shield for Musical Excellence
This prize, valued at $1000, is awarded to a student in the third or higher year of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree, with a specialization or double major in music. The prize is awarded for involvement and leadership in the musical activities of Avondale, in addition to good academic grades in music units undertaken. This prize honours the work of the late Alan and Yvonne Thrift, who devoted their lives to the development of music at Avondale. Alan was Head of Music from 1957 to 1990 and Yvonne taught piano and voice for over 20 years. View full criteria

Avondale Conservatorium David Clark Harmony and Composition Prize
A prize of $500 is awarded to a student with the best individual grades in Harmony and/or Composition who has completed both musicology and performance units and who is continuing their course in the following academic year. This prize is awarded in honour of David Clark, who made a significant contribution to the music program at Avondale from 1969, first as a music lecturer and later as Head of Music until his retirement in 2005. View full criteria

Avondale Conservatorium George Greer Memorial Academic Excellence Prize
A prize of $500 is awarded to a student in the second or higher year of a BA or equivalent degree (including double degrees built on the BA) with a major, specialisation or double major in Music, with an average grade of at least 75% across all music units. It is awarded in recognition of academic excellence in both musicology and performance in the musical activities of the Avondale Conservatorium. View full criteria

Avondale Conservatorium Noel Clapham Memorial Prize
A prize of $500 is awarded to a student about to commence the third or higher year of a BA or equivalent degree (including double degrees built on the BA) with a major, specialisation or double major in Music and is awarded primarily on the basis of solo and/or chamber ensemble performance as demonstrated in music units. It is also awarded for music performance excellence in the musical activities of the Avondale Conservatorium. This prize is in memory of Noel Clapham, head of the music department at Avondale from 1952 to 1957. View full criteria

Adventist World Radio Prize in Radio Production and Public Relations
A prize of $1000, generously sponsored by Adventist World Radio (AWR), in honour of Allen and Andrea Steele. The prize is given in recognition of excellence in Radio Writing and Public Relations as demonstrated by academic achievement and participation in public relations initiatives. View full criteria

WA Townend Christian Journalism Prize
Valued at $500, this prize is awarded to a third or fourth year Avondale degree student with a publication record of quality writings with a Christian focus. The prize is generously sponsored by the Townend family. View full criteria

Willobee Floors Bachelor of Arts Prize
This prize, valued at $1,000, is awarded to a graduating Bachelor of Arts student in recognition of outstanding academic performance and good citizenship. It is generously sponsored by Willobee Floor Service Sales. View full criteria

Discipline of Nursing

Adventist Aged Care Sydney - Aged Care Excellence Prize
This prize, valued at $1000, is awarded to a student who has demonstrated compassion, respect, patience and dignity through clinical excellence in the care of the aged. View full criteria.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Academic Excellence Prize
A certificate and prize of $500 and a gold medallion is awarded to the student graduating with the highest clinical performance profile aggregate through the Bachelor of Nursing course. View full criteria.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical Excellence Prize
A certificate and prize of $500 and a gold medallion is awarded to the student graduating with the highest clinical performance profile aggregate through the Bachelor of Nursing course. View full criteria.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Medical Nursing Excellence Prize
A certificate and prize of $250 is awarded to the Bachelor of Nursing graduate with the highest academic and clinical performance for medical nursing in selected units. View full criteria.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Mental Health Nursing Excellence Prize
A certificate and prize of $250 awarded to a Bachelor of Nursing graduate with excellent academic and clinical performance for mental health nursing. View full criteria.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Surgical Nursing Excellence Prize
A certificate and prize of $250 is awarded to the Bachelor of Nursing graduate with excellent academic and clinical performance for surgical nursing in selected units. View full criteria.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Prize for Consistent Effort and Accomplishment (Nursing)
A certificate and prize of $250 is awarded to a student who demonstrates clinical competence, commitment to the values of Avondale College, and progressive professional and personal achievement throughout the Bachelor of Nursing course OR who has completed the course within the constraints of an identifiable disadvantage. View full criteria.

Avondale Seminary

Arthur Ferch Prize for Greek Studies
This prize, valued at $1,000, is awarded to a second year student studying BA (Ministry & Theology) unit ‘New Testament Greek’ or in the first-year Graduate Diploma in Theology unit ‘New Testament Greek’, who scores the highest grade. The prize honours the work of Dr Arthur Ferch, former lecturer in the Avondale Seminary, and is generously sponsored by Dr Carole Ferch-Johnson and family. View full criteria

Arthur Ferch Prize for Hebrew Studies
This prize of $1,000 is awarded to a second year Theology student who scores highest in first semester Hebrew and second semester Old Testament studies where Hebrew is applied. This prize honours the work of Dr Arthur Ferch, who lectured in the Avondale Seminary from 1971 to 1984, and is generously sponsored by Dr Carole Ferch-Johnson and family. View full criteria

Bill Marr Institute of Public Evangelism Prize
This prize of $1,000 is awarded to a Theology student who shows promise in public outreach. It is awarded in recognition of dedication to Christian ministry and a commitment to public evangelism as a prospective career. The prize is generously sponsored by the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and honours the public evangelism work performed by Pr William Marr. View full criteria

Clifford Anderson Ministry Prize
This prize of $1,000 is awarded in recognition of outstanding academic performance and for the exhibition of ministerial potential. It is generously sponsored from the royalties of the book ‘Modern Ways to Health’ and honours the work of Dr Clifford Anderson as a minister of the SDA Church and as a medical practitioner. View full criteria

Douglas Eliot Church Planting/Ministry Memorial Prize
A prize of $1,000, the Douglas Eliot prize was established in 2014 by Dr Elizabeth Ostring to honour her father Mr Douglas Eliot, a former Chief Financial Officer of Avondale College (1966 - 1975). The prize is given in recognition of outstanding performance by a Ministry student in the area of church planting. View full criteria

Edna & Vern Heise Prize for Excellence in Communication
This prize of $1000, sponsored by The Edna & Vern Heise Memorial Trust Fund, is awarded to a female theology student in the second half of her course who demonstrates excellence in written and/or verbal communication, interpersonal skills and service activities. The prize has been established in honour of the life and work of Edna (died 2006) and Vern (died 2014) Heise in memory of their outstanding support of women in ministry and Christian communication through preaching, writing and speaking. View full criteria

Elwin Currow Prize for New Testament Apocalyptic Studies
A prize of $500 awarded to the top ranking student in New Testament Apocalyptic studies. This award is offered biennially and will be offered in 2017. The prize is funded from an endowment put in place by the late Elwin Currow, former CEO of Newcastle Hospital, and honors his extensive involvement in the Adventist Church over many years and his support and encouragement of Avondale students to deepen their understanding of apocalyptic literature. View full criteria

Graham Miller Memorial Prize for Youth Ministry
A prize of $1,000 is awareded to a Theology student who shows particular aptitude for youth ministry. It is sponsored by a trust fund setup to honour the outstanding contribution Pr Graham Miller made to the youth in this Division. View full criteria

Faculty of Education, Business & Science

Discipline of Education

Barritt Primary Teacher's Literacy Prize
A prize of $500 is generously provided annually by the Barritt family and awarded to the top graduating teaching student in Primary English, to acknowledge excellence in pre-service study. The prize acknowledges the significance of literacy as an essential tool for teaching, mission, communication and the building of family and self-identity. View full criteria

Ministry of Teaching (Early Childhood) Prize
A prize of $1000, generously sponsored by the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists Education department, may be granted each year to a graduating Early Childhood Education student who has demonstrated outstanding teaching ability, professionalism and good citizenship. View full criteria

Ministry of Teaching (Primary) Prize
This prize of $1000, generously sponsored by the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference Education department, is awarded to an outstanding Primary Education graduand annually for outstanding performance. View full criteria

Ministry of Teaching (Secondary) Prize
A prize of $1000, generously sponsored by the Australian Union Conference Education department, may be awarded to an outstanding Secondary Education graduand. View full criteria

Teachers Mutual Bank Excellence Prize
This prize, valued at $1000, is generously sponsored by the Teachers Mutual Bank and is awarded in recognition of pre-service study contributing to excellence in Public Education. View full criteria

Avondale Business School

Asian Aid Australia Marketing Excellence Prize
Valued at $500, this prize was established in 2014 by Asian Aid Australia and is offered to a graduating Bachelor of Business student with outstanding achievement in marketing units. View full criteria

Asian Aid Australia Marketing Internship Prize
This prize is generously sponsored by Asian Aid Australia and includes $300 plus the offer of an unpaid internship. It is offered to a second or third year marketing student in recognition of outstanding performance in the Bachelor of Business degree. View full criteria

Gail Valentine Memorial Prize for Human Resource Management
Valued at $500, this book prize is generously sponsored by the Gail Valentine Memorial Association to honour the life and work of the late Gail Valentine and her contribution to best practice in Human Resource management. The prize is awarded in recognition of excellence in Human Resource Management studies. View full criteria

Professional Advantage Bachelor of Business Prize
A prize of $1,000, generously sponsored by Professional Advantage, is awarded in recognition of quality and performance in all course subjects of the Bachelor of Business degree and evidence of good citizenship. View full criteria

Viatek-Fuji Xerox Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Prize
This prize, valued at $1,000, is generously sponsored by Viatek-Fuji Xerox and is awarded in recognition of quality of permance in accounting, diligence in studies and exemplary citizenship and professionalism. View full criteria

Discipline of Science

Magnusson, Draper and Thompson Bachelor of Science Prize
This prize of $1000 is generously sponsored by the Magnusson, Draper and Thompson families. It is offered to a graduating BSc or BSc/BTch student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and good citizenship. View full criteria

Community Service and Excellence Prizes

Adventist Development & Relief Agency Social Justice Prize
A prize of $500 is awarded in recognition of a student or students possessing a strong academic record and demonstrating exceptional commitment to social justice, advocacy and the provision of humanitarian service. The prize is generously sponsored by the Adventist Development & Relief Agency. View full criteria

Overseas Volunteer Service Prize
This prize, valued at $500, may be awarded to a student who has been a volunteer through the South Pacific Division Volunteer Program, in recognition for their unselfish service and commitment to sharing the gospel. The prize is generously sponsored by the late Marion & Cyril Youlden and Anna Rieger. View full criteria

Avondale Prizes for Excellence
Three prizes of $1,500 each are awarded annually to one male student and one female student from the Lake Macquarie campus, and one student from the Sydney campus in recognition of personal initiative, leadership qualities and academic, social and spiritual balance. These prizes are generously sponsored by Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing. View full criteria