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Announcing the 2018 Australia to USA Veterans' Scholarship Fund Recipients

Monday, July 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The American Australian Association is delighted to announce the selection and appointment of five 2018 / 2019 Australia to USA Veterans’ Scholarship Fund recipients.

Each of these scholars will undertake postgraduate studies supported by scholarship grants of up to $50,000.

 Major James Coltheart


AAA - Lendlease Scholar
Army - 13 year veteran

Study: Master of Public Policy 

Major Coltheart is currently studying a Master of Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. As someone who served for 13 years in the military, including at war, Major Coltheart intends to use his study to build his conceptual understanding of conflict and increase his knowledge of functional and regional security issues. His goal is to pursue a career in international security policy where he will use the skills gained to influence international security policy and ensure that the nation’s ‘blood and treasure' are used wisely, for example as a Policy Advisor within the United Nations Peacekeeping Group or Department of Political Affairs, before returning to Australia. His current research interests include the rules-based global order, the utility of force as an instrument of policy and contemporary conflict.


Captain Alexander Vanstan

AAA - Sentinels of Freedom Scholar
Army - 12 year veteran

Study: Master of Business Administration

Cpt. Vanstan is seeking to build a new career for himself following his medical discharge from the Australian Army. His choice of study, of a Master of Business Administration in the US is two-fold. The first is to help overcome some of the barriers and increase his employability following injuries he sustained whilst deployed in Afghanistan in 2012. Second, Cpt. Vanstan intends to use the MBA as an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and understanding of American veteran education policies and systems, as well as to develop a network with American student veterans. He intends to take this information back to Australia, including for the benefit of the Australian Student Veterans’ Association, at which he serves in a voluntary role as COO.

Flight Lieutenant Nerita Lewis
  AAA Veterans' Scholar
Air Force - 10 year veteran
Study: Master of Business Administration

Flt Lt. Lewis plans to undertake a Master of Business Administration, at one of the top ten ranked business schools in the US, to support her successful transition from the military. Her goal upon graduation is to return to Australia and work in the Non-Governmental sector, providing support to the Asia-Pacific region. She plans to tailor her degree to the NGO field via elective options, for example: growing social enterprises, strategic innovation, ICT, data mining for business intelligence, competitive strategy and project management. In 2012 Flt Lt. Lewis was the youngest and most junior ranked military member selected to undertake the UN Military Observer Course, training with military personnel from 27 countries.
Lieutenant Callum Newton

  AAA Veterans' Scholar
Navy - 13 year veteran
Study: Master of Business Administration

Lt. Newton’s long-term goal is to bridge his 13-year military career experience with business acumen to help grow the Australian defense industry so that Australia may continue to flourish. He sees a symbiotic relationship between the strength and vibrancy of a nation’s economy, and its ability to flourish as a peaceful society, which is the reason he was drawn to study a Master of Business Administration. As part of the MBA program, Lt. Newton will undertake study exchange at either Stern Business School, NYC, or Booth School of Business, Chicago. A key attribute of the American psyche which he is interested in learning more about is the entrepreneurial spirt, as this facilitates the innovation which implementation of the Australian defense industry capability plan calls for.
Corporal Samuel Eastwood
    AAA Veterans' Scholar
Army - 8 year veteran
Study: Master of Business Administration

Corporal Eastwood plans to study a Master of Business Administration at an American university in order to continue his professional and personal development following his transition from soldier to civilian. His goal is to utilize the knowledge and benefits provided by an MBA to develop a strong foundation in international business, from which he can pursue an international business career that will allow him to build on the strengths he has gained from his eight years of service as a soldier, coupled with four years as an Embassy staff member.


Founded in 1948 by Sir Keith Murdoch, the American Australian Association is the leading privately
funded nonprofit dedicated to strengthening and deepening relations between the
United States and Australia. The Association builds alliances across the Pacific through its
business, innovation, education, veterans and arts program.


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