Graduate awarded Rotary scholarship

Former student Steve Koroubas from La Trobe University’s School of Law has won a grant of US$27,000 for one academic year of study in another country.

Rotary logoProfessor Gordon Walker from the School of Law was pleased to announce the award.

Prior to applying for the Ambassadorial Scholarship, Steve visited the local Bundoora Rotary Club and met the members to seek endorsement of his application. On receiving approval, he drafted up his submission which detailed what he wanted to do next year and how his plans aligned with the club’s mission and principles. 

The application process also asked for two academic referees, and Professor Gordon Walker and Dr Jill Murray from the School of Law gave Steve their full support. 

‘This is a great outcome for Steve and we all congratulate him,’ Professor Walker said.  

‘The scholarship is coveted because it is not tied to any one university.’   

The Rotary Club’s Ambassadorial Scholarships program aims to deepen international relationships worldwide. While studying abroad, winning scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country by visiting Rotary Clubs and giving presentations about their homeland.. On return, scholars then share their experiences with local Rotarians. 

Winning the scholarship means Steve is now a step closer to achieving his goal of studying a Master of Laws at New York University with Professor Benedict Kingsbury who runs a Human Rights Centre there 

‘I will be applying there first then Cambridge in the UK, the University of California Los Angeles, Columbia, Georgetown and Duke Universities,’ Steve said.

Steve studied undergraduate Law at La Trobe from 2000 to 2006 and then completed the Master of Laws from 2006 to 2008. During his Masters he worked at the Victorian Government Solicitors Office and then the Department of Treasury and Finance. 

From April this year he commenced a new role at Telstra as a Legal Council. He is also Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria and a sessional university lecturer. 

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