A COMO law student has been given the financial boost to experience more of the legal world thanks to the Ciara Glennon Memorial Scholarship.
Third-year law student Tayu Wilker was awarded the 21st Ciara Glennon Memorial Scholarship of $10,000 and a clerkship at Ashurst as she completes a Juris Doctor at University of Western Australia.
The scholarship was set up in 1998 after the murder of 27-year-old lawyer Ciara Glennon in 1997 to financially help full-time UWA law students.
Ms Wilker said it was a privilege to personally receive the scholarship from Mr and Mrs Glennon in memory of their late daughter.
“I think that is a huge compliment and honour to say that ‘we see how these aspects of her are positive in you as well’,” she said.
“What they’re doing is so extraordinary, to have suffered a great tragedy and want to bring so much good in the world is something else.”
The Ocean Reef High School 2008 dux was a Jackson McDonald paralegal and has volunteered for Blackstone Society, Piddington Society, Oak Tree Foundation and WA Department of Communities.
“I’m most proud of my work with the Department of Communities, where I’m a one-on-one mentor for young girls in foster care,” she said.
Ms Wilker said she was happy to follow the opportunities as they come her way, including applying for roles which may take her out of work for six months.
“The main thing is I get the opportunity to apply for these things and not have to worry that about financial obstacles,” she said.