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Legacy gift helps students reach their potential

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is delighted to announce the 2016 recipient of the Bette Allison Memorial Scholarship, Dominie D’Castro.         

For Ms D’Castro, a student in the school of Exercise and Sports Science, the scholarship has helped her to set up a proper home study area that includes a new computer and printer.   “The scholarship will help make my final years at ECU so much easier, as I will be able to study and print from home, rather than having to go onto University campus or borrow my family’s computer. I will be able to spend more time with my daughter as I can study at night whilst she is asleep. This saves me money on child care fees” said Ms D’Castro.

Bette Allison lectured at Graylands Teachers College in Physical and Health Education for 10 years. She then moved to Churchlands where she was a senior lecturer from 1971-1986.  Ms Allison was also a trailblazer in the development of netball in Western Australia, and was a successful coach at state, national and international levels.


Ms Allison had a disadvantaged upbringing and would not have been able to attend university without financial assistance.  As testament to this, she left a gift in her Will to the Edith Cowan University Foundation to create a scholarship that benefits disadvantaged students.

Ms Allison’s legacy gift will ensure that ECU students have support to help realise their ambitions and reach their career destinations.

If you would like to help support students to reach their goals either now or through a gift in your Will, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on (08) 6304 2761 or


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