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The Trust Company raises the barre for young ballet dancers

BY Rachel Caton | 18-Dec-2012
The Trust Company as Trustee has today announced the recipients of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship for 2012.

The Trust Company raises the barre for young ballet dancers

$60,000 distributed to winners of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship

The Trust Company as Trustee has today announced the recipients of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship for 2012. Fittingly, the presentation of the biennial award has this year coincided with the 50th anniversary celebrations of The Australian Ballet.

The Trustee has split $60,000 in prize money between four worthy young ballet students at different stages of their training. Two full scholarships of $20,000 were awarded to James Lyttle (graduate of the Australian Ballet School), Courtney Macmillian (second year student at the Royal Ballet School) with the third scholarship equally split between Vanessa Morelli (graduate of Ballet Theatre Australia) and Christiano Martino (graduate of the Australian Ballet School).

The judging panel of Kathleen Geldard, Former Principal Ballerina, The Australian Ballet, Stephen Colyer, Artistic Director, Gaiety Theatre and Adrian Burnett, Program Manager Dance, The Australia Council for the Arts commented: “Funding via this scholarship is awarded every two years and invests in vital skills and career development, specialist coaching and travel either in Australia or overseas.

“These opportunities help Australian ballet students to have the best chance of fulfilling their career aspirations and ensure ballet remains connected and relevant. The panel looks forward to following the progress of these dancers as they embark on this exciting and challenging part of their careers.” Simon Lewis, Head of Philanthropy and Community at The Trust Company said: “Congratulations to our four talented recipients. It is always an honour for us to be involved in supporting young Australian ballet dancers and helping them share their talent with the rest of the world. Privately funded awards such as these provide much needed support and recognition for Australian artists.

“We look forward to watching their careers develop with the support of this wonderful scholarship set up by Lady Askin,” Mr Lewis said. Sir Robert Askin was NSW’s 32nd premier from 1965-1975 and died in 1981, leaving his estate to wife Lady Mollie Askin. She set up deeds for her scholarship and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship in 1982 for “the furtherance of culture and the advancement of education in Australia or elsewhere by the means of the provision of travelling scholarships”. The Sir Robert William Askin Operatic and the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarships, open to both males and females aged between 17 and 29, are awarded every two years to applicants who show outstanding ability and promise in their field. The Scholarships must go to assist those who may not be able to continue their studies, in line with their ability, because of the cost. The scholarships will next be offered in 2014. For information about the scholarships head to www.thetrustcompany.com.au/ballet or www.thetrustcompany.com.au/opera.

About The Trust Company

The Trust Company is one of Australia’s foremost trustee companies, offering trustee services for individuals, companies and charitable trusts from our offices in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

The Trust Company Group has almost $1 billion in charitable funds under administration. Currently serving as trustee for over 850 charitable trusts, this includes the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Our Engaged Philanthropy program is designed to create lasting social impact in the community. This is led by 17 strategic partnerships inaugurated in 2011 and a further 12 in 2012 with key non-profit organisations across the sector.

The Trust Company provides a wide range of financial services including:

• Personal Client Services offering Estate Planning and Administration, Lifestyle Assist, Financial Planning, Executor Assist, Personal Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Wealth Management and Health and Personal Injury services

• Corporate Trustee, Debt Capital Markets Trustee, Property and Infrastructure Custody, Superannuation Compliance and Trustee. In New Zealand The Trust Company offers trustee services for Debt Securities, Securitisation, Unit Trust, Superannuation and KiwiSaver.

About the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship

The Lady Mollie Askin Ballet Scholarship provides support for ballet artists to help them further their cultural education. It is awarded every two years for study, maintenance and travel either in Australia or overseas.

The scholarship was established "for the furtherance of culture and the advancement of education in Australia and elsewhere to be awarded to Australian citizens who shall be adjudged of outstanding ability and promise in Ballet."

To be eligible for this award, you must be an Australian citizen aged 17 years to 29 years at the closing date of entries. Applications for the 2012 scholarships are currently being assessed by the judging panel.