Simon Chan Science Scholarship

This outstanding new scholarship has been set up in memory of one of Selwyn College’s most accomplished world-leading science alumni, Simon Chan, and his remarkable achievements.

It is designed to encourage talented science students by creating a focus and desire for excellence in science. At the same time, it also requires students to show they are strongly well-rounded.

The scholarship will pay up to $8000 towards the first year university fees of a selected Year 13 student who has expressed a commitment to pursue a career in science by commencing a university science degree the following year.

The School will make a recommendation to the Trust for a suitable candidate who has achieved an excellent standard in science while also making a strong contribution to the wider school. The winner of the scholarship will be announced at the Selwyn Senior Prize-giving at the end of each year, starting in 2017.

Simon Chan, a former Selwyn College scholar, was an Associate Professor of Plant Biology at the University of California Davis. His lab work led to breakthroughs in plant breeding, making it possible to breed with genes from only one parent without complications of inter-generational inbreeding.

As well as being recognised as a world-leader in the field of plant biology, Simon was a talented musician, played the saxophone and bass guitar and wrote a popular Los Angeles food blog.

Simon very sadly passed away in 2012 at the age of 38 from a liver-related illness. This scholarship has been established by friends of Simon in his memory.


Simon Chan, shown in his UC Davis plant biology lab, led the discovery to how breed plants with genes from only one parent.