Dr Joan Rowlands has had a far-reaching influence on the lives of residents at International House, first as a resident herself in 1970, later as resident Assistant Director (1979-80) and subsequently as President of Sydney University International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA) (2000-2003) and a very involved member of this Association. Joan was also a student of the University of Sydney in the area of Public Health. To all these roles Joan has brought her extraordinary intellect, dedication to the ideals of International House, wealth of life experience, genuine interest in people of all ages and backgrounds, and her wonderful sense of humour. A truly Renaissance woman, Joan is an inspiring role model and mentor to all those fortunate enough to know her.
On the occasion of Joan’s 90th birthday, Dr Brent Thomas, a long time friend of Joan, and Mrs Gwen Ng of SUIHAA acknowledged her outstanding contribution to the IH community over so many years by inaugurating the Cormack Rowlands Award, to be awarded annually as funding permits for a project to benefit disadvantaged people or communities.
The Cormack Rowlands Award is open to all current International House residents enrolled full time in a course at the University of Sydney. The award is to be used within Australia or overseas during the academic year for a project to overcome disadvantage. Individual residents or groups of residents can submit project proposals, and creativity and entrepreneurship are encouraged.
Value of the Award
An amount of $1,000 or a greater amount subject to income from the capital will be awarded annually to the winning proposal. Projects requiring larger budgets can also be submitted, as co-funding from other sources (e.g. students’ own fundraising) is also encouraged. One or more awards may be made depending on available funding from the capital or no award may be made at the discretion of the selection committee.