Scholarship support available to regional students

November 21, 2012

Sydney Fowler and Danielle Bowman

Scholarships valued at $22,500 each are available for regional year 12 students relocating to Perth to study at Murdoch University in 2013.

The five scholarships are provided annually by the George Alexander Foundation (GAF) and support the costs of accommodation for the first three years of study.

The Foundation aims to help high achieving students from a regional or rural background to accomplish their goals at university, without being concerned about the costs of living.

2012 scholarship recipient, Kaarina Recklies, from Kununurra, said: “The GAF scholarship enabled me to relocate from a remote town in the Kimberley region, approximately 3000km from Perth, to further my education and achieve my goal of a career in extractive metallurgy.

“The support and financial security provided by the GAF scholarship has allowed me to focus solely on my education without the need to undertake fulltime employment during my time at Murdoch University.”

Another 2012 recipient Jessica O’Donovan, from Leschenault, Bunbury, added: “The GAF scholarship has given me confidence and faith in my ability to successfully graduate with a university degree and enjoy the process of getting there.”

Dr Marian Kemp, Director of Student Life and Learning at Murdoch said studying at university was daunting enough without the additional pressure of working part-time to support the costs of study.

“The George Alexander Foundation scholarships provide a wonderful introduction to Murdoch, not only because of the financial support but also through the network of other GAF scholars,” she said.

The other recipients of GAF 2012 scholarships were Sydney Fowler from Trayning in the Wheatbelt, Danielle Bowman from Walkaway, South of Geraldton, and Peta Lewis from Geraldton.

The George Alexander Foundation has been supporting regional students studying at Murdoch University since 2008.
Applications for 2013 George Alexander Foundation scholarships are now open.  More details can be found at scholarships website here.

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