Dr Cassandra McLean
For some years Dr Cassandra McLean, a Senior Lecturer at Burnley College, which comes under the
Faculty of Land and Food Resources, at the University of Melbourne, had been working on problems
relating to the propagation of native plants, and in particular on the symbiotic relationship between
particular plants and particular fungi.
In 2006 the Foundation agreed to fund a scholarship for a research student in this area.
Initially the students receiving these scholarships were be working on various aspects of this
relationship, as it affects the propagation of native plants.
In 2009 Dr MacLean succumbed to breast cancer, which she had been fighting some years, leaving a husband
and six-year-old daughter. In 2010 the Foundation agreed to rename this scholarship the Cassandra McLean
Memorial scholarship, in recognition of her academic achievements, and her courageous fight against
The first holder of the new scholarship waws appointed in 2010.
University of Melbourne