Generous scholarships assist move to metro for regional students

May 5, 2015

GAF Recipients 2015 L-R Andrew Taggart Sarah Herford Stacey Russell Monique Smith Emma Hay Alysha Loffler Sally Will Peter Irwin

Left to right: Professor Andrew Taggart, Sarah Herford, Stacey Russell, Monique Smith, Emma Hay, Alysha Loffler, Sally Will, Professor Peter Irwin.

Six students that have moved from the country to Perth to study at Murdoch University have received generous scholarships that will assist them with accommodation and living expenses.

Each year the George Alexander Foundation (GAF) seeks out high-achieving students who need to relocate from a regional or remote area to study at university.  Six scholarships are awarded each year and are worth $24,000 over the length of a three year degree.

Student Emma Hay of Boyanup, who is studying Animal Science, said she felt very privileged to have won the scholarship and that it was a huge honour.

“The scholarship will be a wonderful help for me whilst I am at university,” Emma said.

“It has financially allowed me to move away from my home in the Southwest and move to Perth without putting too much financial stress on my family or myself.”

Emma has proven herself to be a very motivated student.  Deciding she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian she investigated alternative pathways to university and was the first student to study a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing while still in year 12.

“I was at high school two and a half days a week and for two and a half days a week I completed the practical component of my Veterinary Nursing course at GeoVet in Busselton,” Emma said.

As a result of her hard work Emma won the Western Australian Training Awards and was named the WA Trainee of the Year in 2014.

Emma hopes that with good enough grades that she might be able to transfer from Animal Science into Veterinary Science by the end of 2015.

Manager of Development at Murdoch, Dana Henderson, said they were grateful to the George Alexander Foundation for their significant contribution to Murdoch students.

“The Foundation has long been a supporter of Murdoch students since 2008 and over the years their contribution has increased,” Ms Henderson said.

“It is particularly tough for regional students to make the transition to living in a city location while also trying to find their feet in a new university environment.

“Taking the financial burden off these students helps them to focus on being the high-achieving students they have already proved themselves to be.”

The George Alexander Foundation was established by Mr Alexander AM in 1972 and places an emphasis on helping talented young people, especially those from rural and regional areas, to achieve their academic potential. Applications for the scholarships open in October each year and close at the end of January.

The other recipients in 2015 included Alysha Loffler from Bunbury studying Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology, Sally Will from Mardella studying Animal Science and Animal Health, Sarah Herford from Albany studying a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Creative Writing, Stacey Russell from Kojarena studying Animal Science and Monique Smith from Darwin studying Biological Sciences.

For more information go to on the scholarship visit the Murdoch website.

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