Rewarding commitment, leadership and community involvement is at the heart of this scholarship program – one of few available to TAFE students.
In 2007 The George Alexander Foundation (GAF) began a pilot program with The Gordon to assist talented young people to meet their educational potential. The aim of the original program was to provide support towards the living and study costs associated with talented and committed students undertaking study at The Gordon. The first five scholarships provided a one-off payment of $3,000 each to five students.
This program had particular significance for George Alexander himself, as he completed his 'A' grade mechanics certificate at The Gordon (then known as The Gordon Institute of Technology) in the 1930s. George also went on to teach other aspiring motor mechanics at night classes at The Gordon until the announcement of the Second World War in 1939.
Following the success of the pilot program, from 2008 - 2010, the Foundation provided support for three students per year, awarding $10,000 over two years. A further five students were awarded $1,000 bursaries as a one-off payment to assist with the expenses of one year of study.
Since then the GAF Scholarship Program at The Gordon has continued to grow and expand, in response to the cost of living and the continued success of the program supporting talented and dedicated students.
In 2015 the George Alexander Foundation Study Support Scholarship and Bursary program at The Gordon was renewed for a further three years from 2016 - 18, which will provide support for a further 15 scholarships and 15 bursaries to the total value of $112,500.
"I cannot speak highly enough of all those involved in creating an opportunity that allows someone like myself to simply complete their studies. I see the greatest achievement of the year as becoming a recipient of a GAF scholarship."
Further details on how to apply for GAF scholarships or bursaries at The Gordon can be found on The Gordon website.