How a scholarship led to opportunity

When Jeremy Nettelbeck (OM 2020) commenced his electrical and electronic engineering degree this year, he was fulfilling a long-standing ambition – but it was only made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Jeremy is the 20th recipient of a scholarship first established in 1979 by a benefactor who has been building the scholarship corpus since then. A medical doctor, an architect, and an actuary are all among the ranks of those previously supported by the scholarship.

“I have always had a strong interest in electronics. I’d pull old machines apart when I was younger to see how they worked,” Jeremy says. “During Year 9 I participated in a F1 in Schools program in which my team and I designed and built a model F1 car. It was a lot of fun and a fantastic learning experience which further cemented that love for electronic engineering in me.”

“Attending Melbourne Grammar wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of the scholarship,” Jeremy explains. “My father, Dr Peter Nettelbeck (OM 1994), had just completed a medical degree when he died unexpectedly. I was two years old and my sister was born a month later. My mother simply couldn’t have afforded to send me to the School on her own.”

“I am really proud that I was able to follow in my father’s footsteps,” Jeremy says. “My mother says that he always spoke about wanting me to come to the School.”

Jeremy is extremely thankful for the donor’s gift, saying: “I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude and appreciation for what I have, and for the opportunities the scholarship has led to.”

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