Monash University has received one of its largest ever gifts from the estate of highly respected lawyer and Monash alumna Francine V McNiff, who donated $3.72 million to the University.
Francine, who died in April 2015, left instructions for her own death notice which simply stated: “I have ceased to exist – Francine.”
Ironically, she will now live on through the establishment of two significant legacies in her name.
The Francine V McNiff Scholarship Fund ($1.72 million) will be available to candidates from both the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Law, and will provide financial support for the duration of the recipient’s post-graduate study.
Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean, Faculty of Arts said:
“Francine’s legacy will live on through this gift which will change the lives of individual students, and the communities that these students will seek to transform.”
The bequest will also be used to establish the Francine McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence ($2 million) within the Faculty of Law at Monash University.