For over 20 years this scholarship has made an impact on the lives of many women who commenced their university careers later in life and has assisted them to finish their degrees, enter the workforce and achieve their goals.
Jessie Mary Cooper (1914 – 1993) was the first woman Member of the Legislative Council in South Australia, and a Founding Council Member of Flinders University.
The scholarship named in her honour was established in 1994, marking 100 years of women’s suffrage, by the then Flinders Alumni Association and recognised a growing concern of retention rates of women in their final year of study. The scholarship was previously known as the Jessie Cooper Study Grants for Mature Entry Women.
We aim to continue the legacy of the many alumni and friends who have generously supported this scholarship over the years. The rules have been updated in 2017 to reflect the changing times but the spirit of advancing educational accessibility, overcoming challenges and promoting equal opportunity remains the same.