Ilona Quahe, a Law/Economics graduate from The University of Western Australia has won one of three prestigious Australia-at-Large Rhodes Scholarships for 2016. Ms Quahe of Wembley graduated from UWA earlier this year with a Bachelor of Laws (with first class Honours) and Bachelor of Economics. Currently working for Teach for Australia as a campus consultant and legal officer for Civic Legal, Ms Quahe, plans to study a MSc in Sociology and Master of Public Policy at Oxford University with the ultimate aim of reducing entrenched disadvantage in Australia through improving educational equality.
She has held several leadership and volunteer roles, including a school mentor for the Oaktree Foundation, volunteer tutor for Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning, UWA Student Guild councillor, President of United Nations Youth WA and team leader for Perth MYHACK Competition, People Against Violent Extremism.
In 2011, Ms Quahe founded Ignite Mentoring, a charity comprising 90 university student volunteers who support 200 high school students from low socio-economic area schools. She is a member of Perth Global Shapers Hub, where she helps organise student internships with WA not-for-profits through Project Connect.