ADFR LogoThis Award was established in 2006 for students from Albury Wodonga and surrounding regions wishing to attend the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The Award was set up in memory of Bobby Garratt, a student of Catholic College Wodonga, who dreamt of becoming a pilot in the defence forces. It was Bobby’s wish that this Award be for prospective ADFA students. His mother Julie has established the Bobby Garratt Memorial ADFA Award to commemorate his passing in 2006.

In memory of Bobby Garratt

In memory of Bobby Garratt

$1,000 per annum is awarded to a young person who meets the selection criteria determined by the family of Bobby Garratt in conjunction with Albury Wodonga Defence Force Recruiting and Border Trust.

Applications for the Award will be invited each year through the ADFA selection process and is subject to available funds in the Bobby Garratt Memorial Award fund.

For further information contact Border Trust on 02 60513349 or Email


Congratulations ASHLEY CHURCHIN the 2018 Award Recipient.

Ashley is a Year 12 student, and School Captain, at Sacred Heart College in Yarrawonga.  Bobby’s Mum, Julie, presented Ashley with the Award and a cheque for $1000 at the final assembly prior to the commencement of exams.  Ashley was humble in accepting the Award and dedicated to pursuing her dreams with the Defence Force.



Left: Julie Kiroluch, Ashley Churchin, Brad Edwards (Air Force Flight Sergeant Defence Force Recruiting Albury) and Amanda Hulm (Officer Entry/Enlistment Coordinator, Defence Force Recruiting Albury)

Right: Julie Kiroluch & Ashley Churchin with the Bobby Garratt Memorial Shield.

The 2015 Scholarship Recipient is JAMES HEINER.
James is a Year 12 student at Tallangatta Secondary College and was awarded his prize at a presentation at the school on 18th September.  James  is applying to the Australian Defence Force Academy as a General Services Officer  with the ADFA.

James Heiner, Tallangatta Secondary College

James Heiner, Tallangatta Secondary College





Michael O'Callaghan

Michael O’Callaghan

2013 Bobby Garratt Award Recipient
Michael O’Callaghan, Beechworth Secondary College.

The 2013 Award was presented to Michael O’Callaghan, a year 12 student from Beechworth Secondary College.

Michael hopes to enter the Australian Defense Force Academy in 2014.

The award was presented at a ceremony at Beechworth Secondary College.

Kate Millward

Kate Millward


2011 Kate Millward – Scots School Albury. Kate pictured receiving the Memorial Award with Bobby Garratt’s Family, Vic Issell – Chair of Border Trust and Australian Defence Force Recruitment representative.

2009 Alister Poyner – Catholic College Wodonga.

2008 Ashley Ellis – Catholic College Wodonga.

2007 Daniel Foley – Xavier College Albury.


My two years at the Australian Defence Force Academy.



I am in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Pilot trainee studying a Bachelor of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering. However, at ADFA it’s not just about the degree it also includes the military side of our career as well. We have to juggle our academic studies along with military studies. As I am studying Aero Eng my hours are long and the study is hard but the final goal of becoming a pilot in the RAAF keeps me motivated! The military studies include Military Law, Leadership studies, the Military Communication Program and of course Physical training! All these enable us to develop into some of the best Officers in the Australian Defence Force.

I have really enjoyed my time at ADFA as I have not only enjoyed my studies and the hard yakka that comes with the physical aspects but I have made some friends for life. There is a great culture at ADFA with a wide range of sporting clubs and activities, which has helped me to settle in easily. There are lots of extra-curricular activities that make life at the academy pretty busy and pretty exciting all year round.

In the breaks from our university studies we also participate in Single Service Training (SST) with our respective service: Air Force, Army or Navy. This is where we learn more about our specific jobs after our degrees and where we can immerse ourselves in the culture of our service while doing additional leadership and military studies. It is often hard work as it includes going out bush and learning military tactics but it is some of the most exciting aspects of our time at ADFA.

Next year I have been fortunate to be chosen along with three other cadets to visit the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and to participate in the International Cadet Conference in April. It is a privilege that I will embrace one hundred percent and something I am really looking forward to. USAFA is one of the biggest academies in the world and the opportunity to meet other cadets from around the world is awesome!

I am coming to the end of my second year and can’t wait to begin my time as a third year. It is hard to believe that it has been two years since finishing high school at Catholic College Wodonga, as time really flies with the busy lifestyle at ADFA. It has been some of the most hectic but also most fun times of my life and I thank the family of Bobby Garratt and Border Trust for the support in getting me here.

Alister Poyner Oct 2011.