2021 Norma Packer Scholarship Awarded

CHC Liberal Arts student, Abigail Fraser, has been awarded the 2021 Norma Packer Scholarship.

The Packer Family, of Queensland company Packer Leather, have generously provided a substantial scholarship award for a number of years. The scholarships go to a talented new Liberal Arts students who are moving from outside of Brisbane to study the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts at CHC. Abi, who hails from Stanthorpe and began her studies at CHC in Semester 1 this year, is very grateful for the generosity of the Packer Family. “It’s an honour to receive the scholarship, and will help me pursue my passion for literature and history at CHC. I’m really thankful to Graham and his family for this blessing.”

Norma Packer (née Adams) was born in Toowoomba on 3 January 1918. She grew up in the Darling Downs region and went to high school at the Brisbane Commercial College. Following her graduation at age 16, she studied violin in Brisbane and later received an Associate in Music diploma. She remained a member of the Chermside Uniting Church orchestra until the age of 98. Norma’s lifelong study of the Bible has inspired her to overcome adversity over many years and to offer servant generosity to several generations of her family. The Norma Packer Scholarship was donated to Christian Heritage College in 2019 to honour Norma on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Millis Institute Director and CHC’s Humanities Coordinator, Dr Simon Kennedy, emphasised the significance of scholarships like this one. “As a former CHC Council Chair, Graham Packer is well aware of the impact this kind of giving can have on a student. What a great way to support students to study the big questions and great books of Western Civilisation! I know that Abi is thrilled by this, and it’s wonderful to be able to honour Norma Packer in this way.” More information about CHC’s scholarship opportunities can be found here.