The Pyrmont Ultimo Broadway Chippendale Community Scholarship Fund Association was established in 1990. It all came about because of two local active community groups. One was the Pyrmont Ultimo Historical Society who conducted heritage walks in the area and the other one was a Community Consultative Committee (Chaired by the local Police) , who were part of the local action group to prevent congestion and traffic from changing the amenity of the close knit community.
After a heritage walk one day, they threw up the challenge to have a lasting contribution to the community to commemorate the 200 years of European settlement in Sydney.
There were other wonderful and active programs around the Bicentennial celebrations to redress the unfair treatment of Aboriginal people from their 'country', their families and their cultural communities, since the two hundred years of white settlement. Local community groups were working towards Aboriginal Reconciliation.
It was Margaret Wood and the Late Julie Harris of Ultimo, who came up with the idea of a lasting financial scholarship fund for our local class six students at Ultimo Public School, who would need support as they moved into high school and beyond to university or TAFE. A scholarship, that followed them to the end of their tertiary studies, was conceived and is still active today.
The first group of local Corporate Businesses who helped establish the Harris Community Scholarship Fund in 1990 & included many others who contributed at that time
It was with their funds and generous donations that the Harris Community Scholarship is on a firm footing to provide educational scholarships to our local children at Ultimo Primary School from Class Six onwards.
In 1991, the Department of School Education presented an award to the Harris Community Scholarship for being the 'First" of its kind for a Public School in Australia.