The GAF scholarship program at Australian Catholic University (ACU) aims to assist with the costs associated with students moving away from home to undertake study at the Ballarat, North Sydney and Strathfield campuses.
ACU's Ballarat and NSW campuses have a strong focus on the education and health related fields of study and this scholarship program specifically targets the skills gap and needs of regional communities.
The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Program was established at the Australian Catholic University’s Ballarat campus in 2006, and welcomed its first cohort of scholars in 2007. When the program commenced, the Ballarat campus had approximately 600 students enrolled with 60–70 per cent coming from rural and regional areas. Today the Ballarat campus hosts almost 1,000 students. Since the program's inception, 63 ACU students have been awarded George Alexander Foundation Scholarships.
In 2018, a new George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Program was established at ACU's New South Wales campuses. The North Sydney and Strathfield campuses will welcome their first cohorts of GAF scholars in 2019.
"...being chosen for such an award has given me confidence and encourages me to be a better student..."
ACU offers five GAF scholarships annually to students studying at the Ballarat campus. As of 2019, each scholarship is valued at $22,500 and paid over the three to four year duration of an undergraduate degree.
The aim of the scholarships is to contribute towards the cost of living expenses of talented students to assist them in reaching their educational goals. The program is specifically for students from rural and regional areas who need to live away from home in order to undertake study at ACU's Ballarat campus.
For details on how to apply for a George Alexander Foundation Scholarship at ACU's Ballarat campus, please see their website.
"Being awarded the GAF scholarship opened up so many doors for me. I became involved in student paramedic development at a national level."
Commencing in 2019, the George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Program at ACU's NSW campuses will see five scholarships, valued at $22,500 over three to four years, awarded annually.
The aim of the scholarship program is to support rural and regional undergraduate students to study at either of ACU's NSW campuses, Strathfield or North Sydney.
For details on how to apply for a George Alexander Foundation Scholarship at ACU's NSW campuses, please see their website.
"I would not have achieved all that I have without The George Alexander Foundation."
The bursary program was aimed at the group of students studying vocational courses such as nursing, paramedicine and teaching who require funding to undertake placements. Bursaries assisted in payment of uniforms and equipment, cover travel costs, rent and general living expenses while on placement.
This bursary program is now closed.