Melrose High School bursary


The Robert Harvie Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a deserving student from Melrose High School who is going to continue their education at Canberra College for use on out-of-pocket college expenses while a student at Canberra College (over one or two years).

The award is in memory of Robert (affectionately known as Bob) Harvie, a Woden Rotary Club member for many years, who died in mid-2015. His widow, Helen, gave the Club a substantial amount to 'help young people' in Bob's memory.

Currently an amount of $1,500 is available each year for a deserving student from Melrose High School for use on out-of-pocket college expenses while a student at Canberra College (over two years).

The principal of Melrose High School determines the most deserving student to receive the Bursary – based on the selection criteria.

The Bursary (and accompanying certificate) is presented at the Melrose High School end-of-year awards ceremony. Normally representative(s) from Woden Rotary and Bob’s family attend.

The bursary money is paid into an account with Canberra College and is used, on behalf of the student, at the discretion of the Principal of Canberra College (or their delegate).

Robert (Bob) Harvie

Bob was born in Canberra in 1930 to Canberra’s first dentist who practised in Kingston from 1925. Bob lived in Giles St, Kingston, till 1937 when the family moved to a ‘Spanish Mission’ style house in Furneaux Street, Manuka across the road from the Manuka Shops. His education was at Telopea Park Infants, Canberra Grammar and Canberra High. After leaving school he enrolled in Optometry at the Sydney Tech College. Before graduating he started to work with Gibb & Beeman Optometrists, who had a network of venues and trucks. He started touring NSW, as an Optometrist, for a couple of years driving one of G&B’s Bedford trucks. In 1954, he set up a practice in Manuka briefly and then Civic at various locations around Garema Place and finally City Walk before retiring in 1994. Bob married Helen in 1963 and they had many happy times together over the past 52 years. They had 3 children Anthea, Guy and Dalton, although Guy died at an early age. They lived for many years in a home in Forrest which they named “Blandfordia”, Walter Burley Griffin’s original name for the suburb.

Bob was inducted into Woden Rotary Club in December 1990. He was Secretary in 1992-1993, Treasurer in 2003-2004 and Director Community Service in 1999-2000. He was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2008.

Over years of membership Members of Woden Rotary got to know Bob enjoying his impish sense of humour, sharing his curiosity about the world around us. This extended into mechanical devices - the pinnacle being the restoration of a player-piano and, while still working, constructing simple and ingenious equipment which made assessment of the optical needs of his patients easier.

Selection criteria

The award goes to a deserving and less-fortunate student for whom the bursary is likely to make a significant difference to their ability to achieve their potential in College. Academic and other achievements, leadership qualities and career choices are considered, but they are not priority criteria. The aim is to encourage and enable students to achieve their potential.

Recipients are chosen from the year 10 students attending Melrose High School who are continuing their education at Canberra College the following year chosen by the Principal of Melrose High School (or their delegates) .

Operation of the Bursary

After a Bursary has been awarded, Woden Rotary makes a one-off payment of the Bursary money into an account for the student administered by Canberra College.

Disbursement of the student's Bursary monies on the student’s behalf for College related activities and requirements is at the discretion of the Principal of Canberra College (or their delegate) and is recorded in a sub-dissection within the school accounting system and reconciled at the end of (each) year in a report to Rotary Club of Woden.

The College related activities or requirements that can be funded (wholly or partly) from the Bursary are for academic, education and vocational training, sport and other college activities that could include (but are not limited to) books and stationery, excursions, technological equipment that assists in multiple learning areas (e.g. tablet, internet connection/dongle), computer applications to assist in specialist learning areas (e.g. CAD), and extension/vocational learning areas (e.g. external lessons, safety equipment, sporting equipment.

When a Bursary recipient leaves Canberra College, all the residual funds allocated to that student by Woden Rotary (if any) are returned to the Club and the sub-dissection is closed.