Charles Cornish Memorial Scholarship Trust

The Charles Cornish Memorial Scholarship Trust was established by the Rotary Club of Mt Lawley on 23 Ocober 1973. It honours the memory of Charles Cornish, a distinguished Foundation Member of the Club, who was also the Executive Director of the Royal Institute for the Blind for 30 years.

The aim of the Trust is to assist blind students to enter a University or other educational college or school. Initially, 1,200 pounds was invested in the trust in 1973.

Thanks to the generosity of our Club, and fund raising through annual events, capital funds have risen to $50,000. This has enabled the trustees to make more than 75 awards over the years for a total outlay in excess of $60,000. Awards are generally in the form of equipment to assist both city and country students in their studies. Some are one-off awards and some have been followed through several years, depending on their needs.

Awardees have achieved university degrees and excelled in music and sport. Our Club has enjoyed the assistance and guidance of the staff and teachers of the Vision Impairment Service in the Education Department, whose guidance on the merits and needs of students has been invaluable.