Former Mount Gambier High School student receives scholarship

MATHS WIZZ: Jeff Judd received his scholarship certificate from Deputy Premier Susan Close in a ceremony last week. Picture: supplied.

Elsie Adamo

FORMER Mount Gambier High School student Jeff Judd has added a prestigious scholarship to his list of accolades.

Mr Judd received the Playford Trust Regional Science and Engineering Scholarship earlier this year to help fund his university studies in Adelaide.

The Playford Trust provides scholarships to high achieving tertiary students in “priority” areas such as agriculture, environmental studies, health sciences, mining, and advanced manufacturing and new technologies.

Mr Judd said the $4000 would help him support himself at university.

“I had never received any scholarships before, so I was pleasantly surprised,” Mr Judd said.

Mr Judd started his Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Adelaide this year after taking a gap year.

“I am interested in software engineering and making things with computer code,” he said.

However, Mr Judd said he is keeping his career options open at this stage, waiting to see where his interests take him.

While Mr Judd said moving to Adelaide had been an adjustment, he was enjoying the experience.

He currently resides at Aquinas College.

“I am not missing home as much as I thought I would,” Mr Judd said.

“It is very different to Mount Gambier.”

Mount Gambier High School mathematics and numeracy coordinator Karen Henman taught Jeff for a number of years.

“I was stoked to hear Jeff had received the Playford Trust scholarship for his university studies,” Ms Henman said.

“Jeff was the top Year 12 mathematical methods student in 2020.

“He has a high aptitude for mathematics, demonstrating logical, critical and creative thinking skills, and an ability to apply his knowledge effectively to new situations.

Playford Trust chair and former South Australian premier Dean Brown said Mr Judd had demonstrated his academic talent.

“Jeff had an outstanding year 12 result from Mount Gambier High School in 2020,” Mr Brown said.

“He participates widely in extracurricular activities as well.”