First stop Murdoch University. Next stop Geneva.

April 1, 2016

Craig Connelly with 2016 GAF Scholars

Craig Connelly (right) with 2016 GAF Scholars

A scholarship for high-achieving regional students is opening up a world of opportunity for Murdoch University undergraduates to enhance their studies at national and international training programs.

Each year the George Alexander Foundation (GAF) awards six scholarships worth up to $24,000 over a three-year degree to students needing to relocate from regionals or remote areas to study at Murdoch.

GAF recipients have used the scholarship to enrich their education and training, putting the funds usually allocated to basic expenses towards invaluable real-world work experience opportunities.

“The GAF Scholarship allowed me to use my own savings, which would have otherwise gone towards rent, to fund a trip to Geneva for a human rights program this winter,” said fourth year Law and Arts student Amy Dickerson, who is completing a double major in Law and International Political studies.

Northern Territory Animal Science student Madeleine Larsen was able to save up and travel to a remote cattle station in far north Queensland on a four week work experience trip.

“That trip has had a significant impact on where I go after university,” said the GAF Scholar.

“Prior to making my submission for the scholarship, I had never considered coming to Perth, but in retrospect, it has been the best thing I have done. My dream is now becoming a reality.”

Paula Barrow, Director of Marketing, Communication and Advancement at Murdoch University said the GAF scholarships were having a significant impact on individuals who might not otherwise have studied, lifting the financial burden on individuals and their parents.

“Since 2008, the George Alexander Foundation has provided over $800,000 to help many regional students with the challenging transition from their home town to studying a higher education degree at Murdoch, one of Perth’s finest universities, setting them on a path to achieve the qualifications they have always dreamed of,” she said.

“The financial assistance provided by the scholarship allows students to visit home more regularly and helps them to concentrate more on their studies, without the added stress of needing to find work.

“Additionally, it’s wonderful to know that students often use the GAF scholarship funds to pay for student accommodation, where they naturally forge many new friendships as they enjoy the university environment and enhanced student experience on campus.”

Ian Potter Foundation CEO, Craig Connelly said the GAF scholarships were an important investment in the future of these young Australians and their ongoing contribution to the broader community.

“GAF Scholars consistently report less stress, better grades and increased enjoyment, and in many cases, a sense of camaraderie amongst the students,” he said.

More information and scholarship application details for 2017 are available from the Murdoch University website.

The 2016 GAF Scholarships winners were:

  • Ashlee Clare, Science and Doctor of Veterinary – Esperance
  • Emily Hobart, Bachelor of Law and Arts – Karratha
  • Mira Kokir, Bachelor of Science/Clinical (Chiropractic) – Dardanup
  • Bronwyn Horobin-Lavan, Bachelor of Science – Narrogin
  • Amelia Watts, Bachelor of Science – Pingelly
  • Amy Batchelor, Bachelor of Law and Arts – Tammin
  • Kimberly Putland, Bachelor of Arts – Nickol

Print This Post Print This Post

Comments (One response)

First stop Murdoch University. Next stop Geneva. | HigherEdFeed April 1, 2016

[…] A scholarship for high-achieving regional students is opening up a world of opportunity for Murdoch University undergraduates to enhance their studies at national and international training programs Full story at: First stop Murdoch University. Next stop Geneva. […]

Leave a comment

You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published.

Thanks for commenting!