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CIT Prizes

Prizes are presented annually at CIT Celebration of Graduation events. The following prizes are available for graduates. All 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 2017 celebration events.

Rotary Club of Canberra - City Prizes

Prizes are awarded to one male student and one female student who have completed any trade program.  Nominees need to have demonstrated a high standard of craftsmanship and personal conduct.  In addition 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

Jake Needs - Certificate III in Sports Turf Management (AHC31310)

Perpetual Trophy for Best Female Student

Tiffany Davies - Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) (FDF30710)

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Rotary club weston creek prize

Rotary Club of Canberra - Weston Creek Prizes

This prize is awarded to a student graduating 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).

Brandon Mackintosh - Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410)

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Trent Garrett

The Len Barratt Award for an Indigenous Student

(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 student who has completed a Certificate III or higher program of study at CIT. The recipient needs to have demonstrated consistent effort toward their studies and displayed a positive work ethic. In addition they must have the respect of their peers.

Ethan Taylor - Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB42015)

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CIT Vocational College Year 12 Prize

University of Canberra Prizes

Two 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 an Associate Diploma, Diploma or Advanced Diploma program which articulates with a University of Canberra course.

Lisa Bourke - Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612)

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.

Samuel Fenech

*Prior to 2009 this prize was awarded to the student who achieved the highest aggregate result in the Certificate in Pre-Tertiary Studies.

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Mu Yai Paw Shew

Yass Freemasons Perpetual Award

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.

Not awarded

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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 scholarship will be awarded to:

  • A student graduating from the Advanced Diploma of Accounting who is articulating to a university to study in a related discipline.
  • A student who has completed their study toward the Advanced Diploma of Accounting in the academic year prior to CITs annual April celebration of 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.

Joint Winners

Stephen Carroll

Christopher Haley

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