The annual Mike Schultz Memorial Biodiversity Scholarship is now available and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

PHCC Chairman Caroline Knight confirmed that the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) have launched the inaugural scholarship through Murdoch University, in honour of former PHCC Board Member Mike Schultz’s devotion to the natural environment.  Mike sadly passed away suddenly in May 2019.

With Mike’s family’s blessing the PHCC have committed funding to the Scholarship, named in honour of, and dedicated to, the memory of Mike.  

The inaugural Mike Schultz Memorial Biodiversity Scholarship opened for applications on 15 September 2021. In recognition of Mike’s passion for the local environment, the scholarship has been made available to domestic students enrolled in a science honours or Masters within the field of Biodiversity, with preference to be given to applicants with a connection to the Peel-Harvey Catchment.

As an annual scholarship of $5000, the PHCC hopes to inspire and support students to continue the invaluable work of Mike and his colleagues.  Preference will be given to applicants from areas covered by the Peel-Harvey catchment area, and/or to applicants undertaking a thesis within a Peel-Harvey catchment area, and/or to applicants that can demonstrate a strong connection to the Peel-Harvey catchment area.

Information is available on the Murdoch website at


Media Contact:  Melanie Durack, A/Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council,, (08) 6369 8800

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