The George Alexander Foundation Campus Accommodation Rural Scholarship Program at Murdoch University was established in recognition of the growing cost of living in Perth which had become a significant barrier to higher education for students from rural areas.
The Foundation established its eighth scholarship program, our first in Western Australia, at Murdoch University in 2008. The George Alexander Foundation Campus Accommodation Rural Scholarship Program was established in recognition of the growing cost of living in Perth which had become a significant barrier to higher education for students from rural areas.
The program is designed to encourage students from rural areas to enrol in a first year course at Murdoch University, and to enable young people from rural areas to realise their full academic and leadership potential by supporting their accommodation in facilities within close proximity to Murdoch University’s Perth campus.
The initial program offered scholarships of $5,500 per year for a period of three years. Since then the program has been renewed twice and the value of each scholarship increased to reflect the cost of living.
"...this scholarship was vital in determining whether tertiary education was an option for me."
Currently, six scholarships per year are awarded, each valued at $24,000 over three years. The scholarships are open to students that can demonstrate examples of personal leadership and/or contributions to the community, have a history of high academic achievement, and will need to relocate from a regional or remote location to study at Murdoch University.
"The support provided, by sharing accommodation with the other recipients who were in the same position as me, certainly assisted my transition and success this year."
Further details on how to apply for the scholarship program can be found on the Murdoch University website.