The George Alexander Foundation Agricultural Undergraduate Scholarship Program at The University of Melbourne builds on George Alexander’s desire to ‘assist talented students to fulfill their potential’ through the completion of tertiary studies in an agriculture-related field.
Established in 2014, this program offered through the Faculty of Veterinary Science and Agricultural Studies (FVAS), funds outstanding students to help them to complete tertiary studies in an agriculture-related field. This scholarship program aims to reduce financial barriers for students, especially those from regional and rural areas in Australia. The current commitment of $337,500 will support five scholars each year until 2018.
"The scholarship has allowed me to participate in extra-curricular events, agricultural seminars and conferences which has allowed me to acquire alot of information from industry professionals"
There is a high demand for qualified agricultural and environmental professionals to address the global challenges of the never-ending demand for food and adapting to climate change. This GAF scholarship program will provide continuing support for the study of agriculture and environmental management to meet the needs of the future.
Offering such a scholarship program also allows The University of Melbourne to engage proactively with secondary schools, promoting agriculture and land management as attractive careers, with strong employment pathways.
"The scholarship is like a big safety-net, I don't have to worry about how to pay for books, student fees and other costs associated with going to uni."
This scholarship is intended for those who commence full-time studies in the Bachelor of Agriculture in a Commonwealth Supported Place. It is designed to help students who are outstanding scholars and leaders, especially from regional and rural areas in Australia, to relocate to Melbourne for their studies.
Scholarship recipients receive an annual payment of $7,500 for three years to contribute towards living and accommodation expenses.
This scholarship program is now closed for applications.