​Redeemer's General Sir John Monash Scholar: Tim Delport (Class of 2009)

On 21 November, the General Sir John Monash Foundation announced Redeemer Alumni Tim Delport (Class of 2009) as one of 20 Sir John Monash Scholars for 2017 at the Sydney Opera House.

The John Monash Scholarships are the most important postgraduate scholarships available in Australia today. They are awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential and support up to 3 years of postgraduate study at prestigious universities around the world. John Monash scholarships are named in the honour of one of Australia's outstanding military and civilian leaders, and a great contributor to Australian life. Its mission is to invest in outstanding Australians from all fields of endeavour who demonstrate remarkable qualities of leadership and have the ability to deliver outcomes and inspire others for the benefit of Australia. (GSJMF, 2004)

Tim Delport graduated from Redeemer Lutheran College in 2009 and went on to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Geotechnical) at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours and a UQ Geotechnical Engineering Scholar.

During university and in the years since, he's worked with well-known industry companies, such as BHP Billiton, Golder Associates, Rio Tinto, and now WSP | Parson's Brinckerhoff, as well as making research contributions. He's also volunteered extensively, holding leadership positions in a number of organisations, and provided academic and coaching support for indigenous and non-indigenous students throughout their tertiary studies.

Tim is also a passionate athlete and learned musician outside of work. He pursues triathlon where he has represented Australia in sprint and off-road World Championships for his age group the last two years. In music, he graduated with the Excellence in Senior Music award from Redeemer in 2009, along with having obtained his A.Mus.A on Piano in the same senior year - though insists music is now a casual pastime.

Tim will commence his General Sir John Monash study for a DPhil in Engineering Science at Oxford University in September 2017. His PhD will aim to explore technical (coupled flow, deformation and fluid/heat transport), social, environmental and economic constraints to the application of engineered geothermal energy, of which Australia has considerable resource potential. Tim intends to pursue postdoctoral studies and further development and career opportunities, ultimately leading to a contribution to Australian politics and policy around energy, education and the environment.

His announcement as a part of this prestigious cohort makes him the second of Redeemer's alumni achieving such a level of honour, joining Andrew Trotter (04) who was named a Rhodes Scholar in 2012.

Redeemer's Deputy Principal - Curriculum, Mark Rasi, is a past teacher of Tim's, now friend, and has been following him on his journey for some time.

"Tim's announcement as a Sir John Monash Scholar is an exciting time for all and comes as little surprise to those that have been close to him across the last few years. His energy and passion toward focusing his strengths in a direction which can help others and ultimately lead toward a greater contribution to Australia, is quite inspirational. Redeemer and his past teachers are quite proud to have been able to play a part is his development." said Mark.

We congratulate Tim on his achievement and look forward to following his journey and contributions across the future.

Image 1: Tim Delport (left) with Alan Carpenter (Wesfarmers Executive and ex-Western Australian Premier); Image 2: Tim Delport (left) with Alan Carpenter (Wesfarmers Executive and ex-Western Australian Premier); Image 3: John Monash Cohort of 2017; Image 4: Tim Delport; Image 5: General Sir John Monash (1865 - 1931).

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