Pro bono lawyer wins inaugural scholarship

MinterEllison Associate and advocate Famin Ahmed has been awarded the inaugural Queensland Government John Monash Scholarship.

The scholarship seeks to encourage academic excellence and leadership qualities in young Australians.

Famin, who works in the pro bono and community investment team, will travel to the University of Oxford for post-graduate studies.

Famin is passionate about addressing domestic and family violence through her Famin Makes project.

Outside of work, she makes reversible hats, scrunchies and T-shirts with all funds going to the Women’s Legal Service Queensland. Famin has raised $65,000 and promotes awareness of WLSQ work.

At Oxford, Famin plans to undertake a Master of Public Policy and seeks to improve the way the Australian legal and policy system deals with culturally diverse women experiencing domestic violence.

“At the end of my career, I want to be remembered for the social change I created to help people suffering disadvantage, and the number of others I inspired to do the same,” Famin said.

“I’m very proud, honoured and thankful to be the recipient of the first Queensland Government John Monash Scholarship.”

While 32 Queenslanders have previously received Australian Government or philanthropist sponsored General Sir John Monash Scholarships, this is the first scholarship funded by the Queensland Government.

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