Second year Law and Psychology student Rebecca Le is this year's recipient of the Ashurst Rod Bush Memorial Scholarship.
Ashurst’s Brisbane Managing Partner, Ian Humphreys presented Rebecca with the scholarship at a morning tea with the support of QUT Faculty of Law Executive Dean, Professor John Humphrey.
The event acknowledged and paid tribute to Rod Bush, the first Managing Partner of Ashurst’s Brisbane office.
Rod Bush was significant in the firm's development and the development of young lawyers in Brisbane. Rod had the enjoyable task of attracting new articled clerks to what was then an unknown southern firm in Queensland. He looked for students with 'that extra spark of enthusiasm' and was impressed by those who worked hard to put themselves through university while managing to excel academically. Rod passed away in 1998 and is sadly missed by all who worked with him.
Rebecca spoke at the morning tea, expressing her gratitude for the scholarship and the opportunities that both Ashurst and QUT have provided.
"I think it's amazing that you support students and give them the push to be better," she said.
Rebecca is currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Her first interest in law was piqued in high school when studying legal studies and competing as a semi-finalist in the QUT High School Mooting Competition.
Rebecca is extremely involved in her studies, university activities and the wider community. She volunteers for the Women's Legal Service, competes in model United Nations conferences, moots and hackathons, as well as assisting with law reviews. She also holds nine executive/committee positions in student clubs at QUT, most notably, Treasurer of QUT Oxfam.
Rebecca is a passionate, enthusiastic and driven student who has overcome many hurdles in order to put herself through university. Her unwavering determination, commitment and high-standards is reflected in both her personal and academic endeavours.
In the future, Rebecca hopes to make a difference in the world by working in a community legal centre.