At a recent board meeting, the Governors of the George Alexander Foundation renewed funding for four of our scholarship programs, and committed to establish The George Alexander Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships Program at James Cook University (JCU).
This new scholarship program will support undergraduate students from rural and regional areas to study at JCU, by providing five merit-based scholarships annually from 2018 to 2020, valued at $24,000. The program will address a growing need for student support, as a high proportion of JCU’s students are from rural and regional backgrounds (given its two regional-based campuses, in Townsville and Cairns), and require support to attend university. The university’s emphasis on ecology and environmental research also strongly aligns with the Foundations two principle focuses: the environment and education.
The Board of Governors also agreed to renew funding for four of the Foundation’s scholarship programs. Griffith University will receive a further $540,000 over five years towards The George Alexander Foundation Accommodation Scholarship Program, while Swinburne University will receive $504,000 over five years towards The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Program. Both programs aim to support students who are required to move away from home to attend university.
The George Alexander Foundation Leadership Scholarship Program at Victoria University, which provides scholarships to undergraduate students studying a community-related course, will receive $337,500 over five years.
And Earthwatch’s Student Challenge Program will receive a further $300,000 over three years. The Foundation’s support allows thirty students each year to participate in the Earthwatch Student Challenge, which aims to encourage year 11 and 12 students to pursue science by providing them with experience working with qualified scientists on a range of research projects. 198 students in total have been enabled to participate since GAF first partnered with Earthwatch in 2007.