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Project ended on June 30, at 11:00 PM AEST
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Scholarship announcement

October 06, 2021

We are excited and proud to announce the establishment of the Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship – an undergraduate honours scholarship for a female student in the fields of agriculture and animal sciences.

The scholarship is now advertised on the University’s website and will be shortly open to receive applications. The first scholarship will be awarded in early 2022.

We thank each of you for your generous support in helping to make this scholarship a reality, and in doing so, honouring Kristina’s memory.

We plan to continue to fundraise for this scholarship, with the hope of reaching our initial goal amount. If you wish to make another gift, or share with friends and colleague we would be most grateful.

We look forward to keeping you updated with the first worthy recipients of the scholarship.

Thank you

Thanks to your generosity, we are so close to realising Kristina's scholarship.

June 15, 2020

As the financial year comes to a close, we acknowledge the critical role scientists play in identifying, managing and anticipating life-changing global events. We also note that there is still a long way to go in recognising and promoting female scientists for their achievements.


The One Health approach of the World Health Organisation requires that multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better health outcomes – for humans and for animals. This is work that Kristina did all her life, and this scholarship in her name will support one woman a year, in perpetuity, to develop her leadership capabilities and help her to take a vital place in tomorrow’s world.


If you are able to do so, please share this link and help us to reach the goal which will start the scholarship in train.


If you are able to make a donation by June 30 2020, your gift will be 100% tax-deductible for this financial year.


Thank you for your continued support in Kristina's memory.


Thank you for your generous support

March 06, 2020

Thanks to you, we have raised $115,210 for the scholarship in loving memory of Kristina Hacket.


International Women’s Day 2020 is a time for us to reflect on how far we have come in support of women. However it is even more important to recognise that there is still work to be done. It is imperative that women are recognised earlier for their professional abilities. Kristina’s scholarship will allow one talented woman each year the opportunity to fulfil her potential. Today, we thank you for helping to make this happen.


"For every 100 men promoted and hired to manager, only 72 women are promoted and hired. This broken rung results in more women getting stuck at the entry level and fewer women becoming managers…This early inequality has a long-term impact on the talent pipeline. Since men significantly outnumber women at the manager level, there are significantly fewer women to hire or promote to senior managers…So even as hiring and promotion rates improve for women at senior levels, women as a whole can never catch up…It is critical that women get the experience they need to be ready for management roles, as well as opportunities to raise their profile so they get tapped for them. The building blocks to make this happen are not new—leadership training, sponsorship, high-profile assignments—but many companies need to provide them with a renewed sense of urgency"

(Women in the Workplace 2019).


This is the rationale for the scholarship which recognises Kristina’s achievements. If we can help one woman a year be recognised earlier for her fitness to lead, then we’re making a difference.


Scholarship Fund Receives Boost from Farm Institute Award

October 21, 2019

The 2019 winner of a prestigious Australian Farm Institute competition has dedicated her award to Kristina’s memory and the $5,000 prize money to her memorial scholarship fund.


Jessica Ramsden, Corporate and Government Affairs Manager at Elanco Animal Health, was presented with the John Ralph Essay Competition prize at the AFI Roundtable event at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on October 15, 2019.


“Kristina was my mentor from the time I arrived at Elanco. She inspired excellence, integrity and purposeful collaborations, and was a thoughtful and generous friend.  She would have been so proud of this achievement.”


In the essay, Jessica explores the future for animal agriculture in Australia and the sector’s challenges including public perceptions about environmental costs, changing animal welfare expectations and the emergence of alternative proteins. 


“I was really struck by how old some of these issues are, there is very little that’s new – from alarm about the ecological expense of meat, to predictions about the rise of synthetic alternatives. This doesn’t suggest room for complacency, but helps to sharpen our sights on what exactly is different now, to be clear about why animal agriculture is worthy of a significant future, and to help us sort through the complexities of creating futures we can be proud of.”


Executive Director of Animal Medicines Australia, Ben Stapley, said the industry association was pleased to support the scholarship with a matched donation.


“Kristina’s contribution to the animal agriculture sector continues not only through those who knew and worked with her, but also through this scholarship which will help support leaders in the future.


“I extend my congratulations to Jessica for receiving this prestigious award and for her impressive contribution to our collective understanding of the positive future of animal agriculture.”


You can download Jessica's essay here:

We are special

June 07, 2019
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$100K: we can do this

March 21, 2019

Thanks to the commitment and generosity of organisations, family, friends and colleagues, the scholarship fund in Kristina's memory reached the $100,000 mark today.


It will be wonderful to see it first awarded, and to know that it will forever stand as encouragement for women leaders in agriculture and animal health.


Please share the link widely and encourage donations so that we can reach our target and endow the scholarship in time for the 2020 academic year.

Milestone date

January 30, 2019

January 30 marks Kristina’s birthday and in 2019, the milestone of $1Bn given to transform research and education at The University of Sydney as part of the INSPIRED campaign.


Please share this page to encourage others to donate today to a scholarship fund for women leaders in agriculture and veterinary science, in memory of an inspirational woman.

Remember November 27

November 25, 2018

Approaching this sad anniversary we have edged closer to our target, with the message shared around the world by industry groups, organisations and supportive individuals.


For a last push to the total, please circulate this within your own networks so that we can give women the opportunity to lead research and make a difference as Kristina did. One every year. Forever. That's a fine legacy.

50 days to honour an outstanding researcher

November 02, 2018

Our target is $140,000 to support an annual scholarship of $6,000, to be awarded for an agriculture or veterinary research project to an honours or post-graduate female who demonstrates strong collaborative leadership skills, those being the hallmarks of Kristina's life.


With 50 days left of the appeal, we need only $50,000 to reach the target amount.


This is a great opportunity to demonstrate widespread support for the industry as a fulfilling career path, and to address the gender imbalance that exists at senior management and executive levels.


Significant contributions have already been made by animal health industry leaders Elanco and Virbac, and by individual donors.

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