Behind Melbourne’s Mekong: Pho and a decade of community giving through the Tertiary Scholarship Fund

Posted by Echo Chen on May 25, 2015, Meld Magazine

CELEBRATING 10 years since the establishment of the Tertiary Scholarship Fund, Melbourne’s iconic Vietnamese restaurant Mekong founder Yin Choi Lam opens up to reporter Echo Chen and offers a rare glimpse into his private life and his passion for education. Scores of students would have dined at Mekong, but few…

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Winners of the 2017 Tertiary Scholarship Fund announced

Posted by Wing Kuang on October 19, 2017, Meld Magazine

FOUR students were recently rewarded for their extraordinary academic performances and significant contributions to their communities at the 2017 Tertiary Scholarship Fund (TSF) awards night. RMIT University student Ji Song and Monash University student Cassandra Lee both earned the awards’ highest distinction, marking the first time…

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Past Winners

Sina Khatami

PhD Candidate in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources at University of Melbourne

I am grateful to TSF, not only because their generous award financially supported me, but also it gave me a sense of hope as well as responsibility.

Winner of 2016 Excellence prize

Sistha Kamadjaja

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) at Victoria University

The appreciation that I got from Tertiary Scholarship Fund gave me the confidence that I could be who I always wanted to be in my life. Tertiary Scholarship Fund also inspired me to contribute more to the society…[TSF] has helped me to achieve my goals in becoming a professional civil engineer and an expert in underground construction by giving me confidence, and encouraging me to perform better with my study and to use my knowledge and skills to contribute more to the society.

Winner of 2017 2nd runner-up prize

Praba Sehkar

Bachelor of of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University

This scholarship was a great help financially as I live interstate for university. With my current plans, I hope to graduate from university next year with a medical degree, and potentially pursue a career in General Practice. I would like to thank TSF for all their help, and would highly encourage any students out there who are interested to definitely apply for this scholarship.

Winner of 2016 runner-up prize

Judging Panel

Professor Kwong Lee Dow

Kwong Lee Dow

Emeritus Professor

With origins in teaching and lecturing, Kwong joined the University of Melbourne in 1966 as a founding senior lecturer in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He subsequently spent nearly four decades at the University, where he served as Professor of Education…

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Professor Kathy Laster

Kathy Laster


Professor Kathy Laster is Professor and Director of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University. The Centre focuses on the provision of law and law related training and education to the legal profession in Australia and internationally. The Centre also acts as the leading…

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Guosheng Yang Chen

Guosheng Yang Chen

Director, Australia-China Studies Forum at RMIT University

Guosheng Chen currently holds a position of Director, Australia-China Studies Forum at RMIT University and is the Honorary University Fellow of RMIT. Prior to this Chen was the Head of Language Discipline at RMIT, and held this position for over 20 years. As an academic who actively…

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Professor Helena Parkington

Helena Parkington


Helena Parkington is a Professor at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She has led over 100 research projects for Monash since 1997, with a strong focus on pregnancy and birth. In 2014, she was one of a joint team from Monash University…

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Dr. Bob Gao

Bob Gao


Bob Gao specialises in international and comparative education, contemporary Chinese education and cross-cultural communication. He lectures in Business Chinese and Chinese Mandarin, as well as providing consultation for various international programs for Australian…

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Award Timeline

Applications Open -Wednesday 1st May

Applications Close -Wednesday 31st July

Screening applications- Friday 16th August

Application assessments by the judgement panel – Friday 13th September

Candidate interviews with judgement panel – 23rd – 27th September

Awards night – Friday 11th October