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Eva Burrows College continues legacy

Eva Burrows College continues legacy

Eva Burrows College continues legacy

10 April 2019

Caitlin Hallett is congratulated on her success in receiving the Eva Burrows Scholarship by Eva’s niece Ms Jane Southwell and Head of College Major Deborah Robinson.

By Jessica Morris

The legacy of beloved General Eva Burrows continues to champion young leaders in The Salvation Army with Ringwood Corps soldier Caitlin Hallett receiving the 2019 Eva Burrows Scholarship.

The scholarship was created in 2017 to provide support for leadership development for women in Australia who serve on the ‘front lines’ of The Salvation Army as an officer, staff member, volunteer, or Salvationist. This ensures General Burrows’ commitment and passion for education and development in leaders lives on.

Major Deborah Robinson, Head of College, presented the scholarship to Caitlin in the presence of Ms Jane Southwell, a niece of General Burrows and member of the scholarship panel.

“Deciding on a recommendation for the scholarship recipient was challenging and although the determinations of the panel are confidential, it can be said that Caitlin Hallett excelled in all the criteria,” said Ms Southwell.

“She has shown herself to be a role model in her community and corps, demonstrating leadership and a commitment to developing others, as well as her own self-development, akin to General Eva’s own example.”

The scholarship will contribute directly to Caitlin’s study at Monash University, where she is completing a Masters of Addictive Behaviours. A qualified social worker, she is employed as a student wellbeing worker. 

Caitlin said the scholarship would also contribute to her long-term goal of becoming an auxiliary-lieutenant or cadet specialist, citing the words of Isaiah 58:6-12, “Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people”, as definitive in her calling.

“The knowledge and ability gained through the scholarship will help me to live, love and fight alongside those that are experiencing addiction and provide them with the support they need through the help of the Holy Spirit,” she said.

Ms Southwell said it was Caitlin’s spirit-led personal mission for social justice and human rights that made her a worthy candidate for the 2019 scholarship.

“In choosing to study in the field of mental health and addictive behaviours, Caitlin will equip herself to be able to develop innovative policies and programs to empower and minister to those who are vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged,” she said.

Caitlin will be mentored by Lieutenant-Colonel Lyn Edge as she explores how corps and social arms of The Salvation Army can come together to combat the effects of substance abuse and addiction in society.

Many applications were received for the prestigious scholarship, reflecting the variety of capable and passionate women in The Salvation Army. A further biennial scholarship is available to African applicants and will be announced in due course.

“The scholarship panel received many excellent applications in late 2018 from many very capable women and the panel takes this opportunity to thank all the applicants for their interest and efforts,” said Ms Southwell.

“We congratulate Caitlin and wish her a rewarding year of study.”


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