Myee Gregory, who has just completed an Honours degree program at the University of New England, is the recipient of an international award recognising her academic excellence, service to the community, and leadership.
Myee (pictured here) was the only student from around the world to receive the Golden Key Pillars of Excellence Award for 2011.
The Pillars of Excellence Award is open to all undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate student members of the Golden Key International Honour Society. The UNE Chapter of the Honour Society, established in 2002, is one of more than 400 Golden Key chapters at colleges and universities in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States.
Myee will graduate from UNE in March 2012 with First Class Honours in Media and Communications. As part of her Honours program this year she made a social documentary film called The High Road while travelling in Nepal with the Australian community development worker Sarah Taylor. Sarah, who comes from the New England village of Kentucky, established her business White Circles Global Trading in 2009 to support women and communities in Nepal. “This is achieved through teaching village women how to make products that are then sold in Australia to financially support education in the village,” Myee explained.
Myee is travelling to Melbourne to attend a screening of The High Road at the Red Monkey Tea House on Thursday 15 December.
“The Pillars of Excellence Award made a significant contribution to the making of the documentary,” Myee said, “enabling me to buy a computer and editing software. More importantly, it provided a strong motivational boost.”
Myee has been very active during her four years at UNE, having received a New England Award, completed a NSW Parliamentary Internship, and participated in the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Leadership Program.
As a resident of Earle Page College, she has been involved in various community service and leadership roles, including membership of the committee for the College’s annual “Coast Run” charity fund-raising campaign. As a Senior Academic Mentor in 2011, Myee founded the successful Intercollegiate Quiz Challenge.
“It was such a surprise to get the award,” she said. “I never expected to get it, but figured there was no harm in applying. I’m so glad I did!”