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CIT Prizes

Prizes are presented annually at CIT celebration of student achievement events. The following prizes are available for graduates. Students who completed their program requirements in the previous year are eligible to be considered for the prizes and Colleges are invited to nominate graduates who meet the prize criteria.

CIT Prizes were presented to the following graduates at the April 2018 celebration events.

Rotary Club of Canberra - City Prizes

Prizes are awarded to one male and one female graduate from any trade program.  Recipients need to have demonstrated a high standard of craftsmanship and personal conduct.  They must also have been recognised by their peers as having constantly displayed concern for others in their work group.

Perpetual Trophy for Best Male Student

Isaac Bishop - Certificate III in Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration (UEE32211)

Perpetual Trophy for Best Female Student

Rhani Taylor - Certificate III in Hairdressing (SIH30111)

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Rotary Club of Canberra - Weston Creek Prizes

This prize is awarded to a graduate from any CIT program, who has made a valuable contribution to the community during their studies (this contribution must be related to their studies at CIT).

Jade Nielsen - Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (FSK20113)

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The Len Barratt Award

(Donated by CIT Student Association)

Len Barratt was an Indigenous man who was also a student and previous staff member of CIT who passed away in 2005. Len's support for Indigenous students and his commitment to student advocacy in general was an example to everyone. Len was a valued member of the CIT Reconciliation Committee that worked collaboratively to release the CIT Statement of Reconciliation with the ACT Ngunnawal community. He was a kind and generous person who understood the obstacles to achieving one's goal. This Award honours his family name and his work for Indigenous students at CIT. Len was on the executive of the Canberra Institute of Technology Student Association Council for two years and during that time, he brought an understanding of the range of issues faced by Indigenous people both at CIT and the community. CITSA has established this Award as an acknowledgement of Len's contribution to Indigenous students at CIT.

This prize is awarded to an Indigenous graduate who has completed a Certificate III or higher program of study at CIT. The recipient needs to have demonstrated a positive work ethic and consistent effort toward their studies and gained the respect of their peers.

Papunya Connors - Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs (CHC43215)

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University of Canberra Prizes

These prizes are awarded in recognition of the pathways which students were able to access in pursuit of their educational needs.

The first prize recognises the most outstanding result in a program which articulates with the University of Canberra.

Melanie Sbroja - Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60215)

The second prize recognises the student who achieved an ACT Year 12 Certificate with either a mature entry pathway or a tertiary rank that qualified them for entry to the University of Canberra; and managed personal challenges so that they participated actively and positively in their Year 12 program at CIT.

Akur Thion Akur

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Yass Lodge of Concord No. 27 (Freemasons) Prize

This prize is awarded to the student from the CIT Pathways College who has shown the greatest improvement in the study of English as a Second Language.

Saba Rawdhan

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Craig O'Neil Prize for a Graduating Accounting Student

(Donated by CIT Student Association)

Craig O'Neil started work as the CITSA accountant in January 1995. He was involved in the establishment of the administration and accounting system of 3 merged student bodies and played a pivotal role in the financial success of CITSA for 15 years.

He set up our accounting system and watched as our organisation grew from 7 operating areas to 15. Our turnover quadrupled during this time and staff jumped from 25 to 65. All the while he took this in his stride and assisted and advised on new facilities and expanding student services.

Nothing was ever too hard for him.

Craig was also the accountant for the Australian and NZ Student Services Association, the Auditor for AACA (Australasian Association for Campus Activities) and still found time to help friends with tax and financial advice when needed.

Following Craig's untimely death in 2010, CITSA decided to commemorate Craig's contribution to student services over the last 15 years with The Craig O'Neil Scholarship for a Graduating Accounting Student at CIT, to be awarded annually. Craig, like many Accounting students, emulated the professionalism and ethics expected of this profession. We know at CITSA that Accounting students are some of the hardest working and committed students at CIT.

The prize will be awarded to a graduate who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia:

  • from the Advanced Diploma of Accounting who has enrolled into a university to study accounting or a related discipline
  • who completed their study toward the Advanced Diploma of Accounting in the academic year prior to CITs annual April graduation ceremonies.

The following aspects will be taken into consideration when selecting the winner:

  • The applicant's commitment and work ethic in relation to their studies;
  • The applicant's contribution to the student environment during their studies;
  • Circumstances of financial hardship.

Melanie Sbroja

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