The George Alexander Foundation Agricultural Undergraduate Scholarship Program at The University of Melbourne ran from 2014 to 2018, and built 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) funded outstanding students to help them to complete tertiary studies in an agriculture-related field. The program aimed to reduce financial barriers for students, especially those from regional and rural areas in Australia. The program ran until 2018.
"The scholarship has allowed me to participate in extra-curricular events, agricultural seminars and conferences which has allowed me to acquire a lot 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 was intended for those who commence full-time studies in the Bachelor of Agriculture in a Commonwealth Supported Place. It was 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.
This scholarship program is now closed for applications.