On Friday, April 26 a very special meeting took place at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus. One of our most generous donors, Mrs Iris Manton met with Rosol Alamare, the recipient of a scholarship bearing Iris’ name.
Donor and scholarship recipient were joined by La Trobe representatives, including Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar, as well as three generations of the Manton family. Iris, her son-in-law, Michael Wheeler and grandson Lucas are all La Trobe alumni.
95 year old Iris Manton has lived her life immersed in education. A former school principal, Iris returned to study at La Trobe when she was in her fifties to study science.
During her time at La Trobe Iris developed a fondness and deep connection to the University, which prompted her in later years to gift her holiday house in Tolmie, Victoria to La Trobe. For many years the house was used by staff and students for field trips and retreats. In 2011, with Iris’ blessing, the house was sold for $275,000, with the proceeds going towards a perpetual scholarship in the Manton name to support disadvantaged female students.
As the 2013 recipient of the Iris Manton Scholarship, Rosol was grateful for the opportunity to meet Iris and offer her thanks personally. Rosol and her family arrived in Australia from Iraq in 2007, without even basic English skills. Rosol is now a first year Electronic Engineering student at La Trobe and thanks to Iris’ scholarship support, Rosol is now facing a much brighter future.
For a woman passionate about the life- changing benefits of education, Iris was delighted to see the difference that her gift had made in Rosol’s life.