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.
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
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: