Who can apply?
new applicant or existing Emmanuel College resident; second year or above law student (including postgraduate students)
Value of scholarship
full remission of residential fees
Created in 2006, the aim of the Sir Harry Gibbs Law Scholarship is to provide a full residential scholarship for a student studying law at The University of Queensland in second year or above (including postgraduate students), who is achieving outstanding results and has a desire to make a positive contribution to Emmanuel College life.
It is expected that the student will pursue a career in the law and will act as an ambassador for Emmanuel College. The scholarship is renewable on the student continuing to achieve outstanding results and making a positive contribution to College life. This may not be awarded every year, as it is renewable from year to year depending upon the recipient maintaining the requirements of the scholarship.
The scholarship is named after the late Right Honourable Sir Harry Gibbs, GCMG, AC, KBE. Born in 1917 in Queensland, he was educated at Ipswich Grammar and at Emmanuel College, The University of Queensland, where he graduated in Arts (1937) and Law (1939).
Sir Harry was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1939, and served in the AMF (1939-1942) and in the AIF (1942-1945). He was appointed a QC in 1957, a Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court in 1961, a Judge of the Federal Court of Bankruptcy in 1967, and a Justice of the High Court of Australia in 1970. He was Chief Justice of the High Court from 1981 to 1987.
In his retirement, Sir Harry worked tirelessly for the cause of a Constitutional Monarchy and produced a number of critically acclaimed papers in this area. He was a Fellow of Emmanuel College and Patron of the Emmanuel College Foundation until his death in June 2005 aged 88. Sir Harry Gibbs was one of Emmanuel’s most outstanding graduates and a strong supporter of the collegiate ideal.