The John James Woodward Prize (Forestry, Horticulture - SEFS)

1 March 2017
19 March 2017
School of Forest and Ecosystem Science
Research Higher Degree



In October 2007 and December 2007, Mrs Lesley Phillipa Woodward (nee Agnew) gave $69,500.00 and $1,767.08 respectively, totalling $71,267.08, to the University. By letter dated 19 October 2007, Mrs Woodward stated that the purpose of the gift was for the University to continue the John James Woodward Prize. The John James Woodward Prize was established in 2001 and was funded until 2007 by an annual donation to the University by Mrs Woodward. In her letter, she also stated she would like the University ‘to initiate a rural prize in the name of the John James Woodward Prize should the fund have sufficient earnings’. In accordance with the letter dated 11 October 2001, the John James Woodward Prize was to be awarded to a ‘high achieving’ student ‘who is studying subjects which deal with the preservation of the Environment and, in particular, in the field of Australian Flora and who is in need of some financial assistance to further their studies in this area’. The donation memorialises the Mrs Woodward's late husband, Dr John James Woodward MB BS FRCS FRACS. Dr Woodward was born in 1910 and graduated MBBS in 1935. At the time of World War II, he was in England and joined the Indian medical service with the British Army. He was sent to Hong Kong and was a prisoner of war in Japan. He had a life-long interest in rural and environmental issues and together they owned farms at St Andrews and later in the Strathbogie Ranges. Dr Woodward died in 1983. After his death, his estate received $25,000 in compensation for his time as a prisoner of war. Mrs Woodward decided to invest the compensation monies and use the income therefrom to fund The John James Woodward Prize at the University. The award was previously made by the Melbourne School of Land and Environment until its disestablishment in 2014. From 2015, the award is made in the Faculty of Science.



The prize is awarded annually to a high achieving student in second year or above (School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne) undertaking studies in natural resource management, forestry or horticulture, which focus on the preservation of the environment. Preference is given to studies dealing with the preservation of Australian flora. The prize is awarded to a student who is in need of financial assistance to continue their studies. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO BY 19 MARCH 2017.

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