UWA student wins 100th Rhodes Scholarship

A UWA student, and strong supporter of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to undertake Masters Degree studies at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University.

Amy Steinepreis, 23, of Sorrento, who completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in English, French and Italian, became UWA's 100th Rhodes Scholarship recipient in 101 years.

Ms Steinepreis plans to undertake a Masters in Modern Languages and International Relations at Oxford, with a long-term goal to become an international cultural diplomat and work for global organisations such as UNESCO or the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

On top of her academic achievements, Ms Steinepreis is also a talented cyclist – and has completed the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer for the past three years, raising almost $23,000 for cancer research projects at the Perkins.

“The 2014 Ride will mark my third year fundraising for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, an incredible network of brilliant minds that I've been fortunate to see for myself through UWA's close links with the Institute,” Ms Steinepreis wrote on her Ride to Conquer Cancer profile.

“During the Ride weekend I find myself in the company of wonderful people, and feel utter amazement as I cycle alongside some who are currently battling cancer.

“When Day 1's weather literally turned dark on us, everyone upped their support for each other, and sunny Day 2 was a delight,” she said.

Ms Steinepreis fundraised for the Ride by conducting exam revision workshops for Years 10-12 in French, Italian and Literature in exchange for donations. 

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