2019 Ken & Lenka Morgan Scholarship

Ali proves, with the right support he can do anything

What an absolute delight it was to award the 2019 Ken & Lenka Morgan Scholarship to Ali. We are sure you will agree – a very deserving winner;

By way of introduction, Ali is a current Juris Doctor Student at the University of Melbourne and in Ali’s words is ‘pursuing his dream of becoming a well-rounded and successful commercial lawyer’.

However, things were not always easy for Ali in pursuing his ambitions. 

In 2001, Ali and his family fled Iraq and arrived in Australia by boat and were detained on Christmas Island/Darwin upon arrival. After some time spent in detention and moving between different cities throughout Australia in order to settle, Ali had to learn a new way of life and a new language.

Ten years on, Ali now has eight siblings and has worked to support them financially while studying full-time

“I often had to miss school in order to work and help my mum around the house. It was also very difficult to study and focus when there were 10 of us living in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home.” 

2013 saw Ali and his brother Mohammed receive a two-bedroom Kids Under Cover studio. That’s when life really started to turn around for Ali. Following the studio, Ali received four Kids Under Cover scholarships which he used to buy food and take public transport to and from university.

With the Support of Kids Under Cover, Ali has excelled

Ali always wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up, however, his teacher had told him his English skills might not be strong enough for such an ambition…. boy was he wrong!

When Ali was asked what achievement he is most proud of he said “being accepted as a Juris Doctor Student at the University of Melbourne in 2017, this was the pinnacle, all of my studies up until that point were working to achieve this”.

Ali plans to use the Ken & Lenka Morgan Scholarship to purchase several textbooks he has been unable to purchase due to his family’s financial difficulties. He also plans to take part in traineeships and events such as Mooting Competitions. Ali plans to use some of the funds from the scholarship to partake in an international subject as part of his degree.

Congratulations Ali – the 2019 Ken & Lenka Morgan Scholarship recipient!