Scholarships

The George Alexander Foundation (GAF) first began supporting tertiary scholarships in 2002. The GAF scholarship program is now a cornerstone of the Foundation's philanthropy.

 

The George Alexander Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships offer access to the opportunity of education, assisting talented students to fulfil their potential. These scholarships are an important investment in the future of these individual young Australians, and their ongoing contribution to the broader community. GAF scholars consistently report less stress, better grades, increased enjoyment and in many cases, a sense of camaraderie amongst the students.

The George Alexander Foundation scholarships program welcomed its first scholars in 2002 via programs at Griffith University in Queensland and RMIT University in Victoria. The objective of each program was to provide scholarships to students with academic ability, leadership potential and a commitment to their community.

As a former RMIT lecturer and alumnus, and as a Queensland resident, George felt a personal link to both these institutions.

'Encouraging bright young students, regardless of background, has been immensely satisfying.'

George Alexander, 2006

Since then the Foundation has supported 17 institutions with scholarships and bursaries. Currently there are 12 active scholarship programs operating in partnership with 11 universities and one TAFE institute, supporting a total of 45 new scholars in 2015. The GAF team works with each institution in the selection of all scholarship recipients.

'When I first read about George I was inspired and humbled by his story and achievements... I will go into my final year of undergraduate study with the knowledge of how supportive, humane and generous society can be if we only rise collectively to the challenge.' 

RMIT GAF Scholar Catherine Reidy, 2012 

Scholarship Partner Institutions

Bursaries

GAF also runs smaller bursary programs with some of our partner institutions, providing one-off payments to deserving students in need of some support and assistance to meet their study expenses.

Payments range from $1,000–$2,500, and may be used for the purchase of computers, books, uniforms and other materials or to assist with study-related travel.

GAF is currently running bursary programs with four institutions: 

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Murdoch University

'It is a brilliant vision to support rural and remote students, and in my opinion, some of the most dedicated and passionate students are located in remote...

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Griffith University

'I have the GAF scholarship to thank for my GPA of 7, I have scored a high distinction in every subject I have attempted so far and...

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Kylie

Australian Catholic University

'I felt an enormous sense of pride in what I had achieved, and wanted more than anything to lead by example; one day I want to teach...

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James Hicks with fellow Swinburne GAF Scholars

James

Swinburne University

One key benefit has been the opportunity to develop leadership skills through various activities that our GAF network has been involved in.

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Donate The scholars and fellows supported through the GAF-funded programs are committed to their studies, to giving back to the community and to doing their utmost to uphold the investment that has been made in them. If you would like to invest in the education of some talented and dedicated young Australians, please make a tax-deductible donation online by clicking on Donate or contact us on 03 9650 3188 for other options.

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