Scholarships help regional students with Murdoch move

November 2, 2015

Monique Smith from Darwin is studying cyber forensics and information security at Murdoch University

Monique Smith from Darwin is studying cyber forensics and information security at Murdoch University

High achieving year 12 students in rural or remote areas are being urged to apply for a scholarship to help them with accommodation and living expenses while they study at Murdoch University.

The George Alexander Foundation (GAF) is offering six scholarships, each worth $24,000 over three years, easing financial pressures on students who may be living hundreds of kilometres away from family and friends.

Student Sally Will of Mardella received a GAF scholarship in May to assist her move to Perth to study animal science at Murdoch.

Despite suffering from dyslexia, Sally was able to achieve excellent grades in her ATAR not only getting her into the course of her choice but also making her eligible for the GAF scholarship.

“I felt honored to have been chosen for the scholarship and felt my hardship was acknowledged – that is a really important thing for me,” she said.

“It is allowing me to focus on my studies and reach my full potential rather than have to be working all the time to make ends meet.”

Fellow recipient Monique Smith from Darwin is studying cyber forensics and information security at Murdoch.

“Having the financial security the scholarship offers is a huge weight off my mind for the next three years,” she said.

“It can be a huge challenge moving from a regional area to a city, particularly if you are leaving your family behind. I found the scholarship to be a comforting factor that made the transition much smoother for me.”

Manager of Development at Murdoch Karen Thompson said the George Alexander Foundation had been supporting Murdoch students since 2008 and had provided more than $1 million to help regional students gain a tertiary degree.

“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,” she said.

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

Applications are now open for the scholarships. More information and application details are available from the Murdoch University website.

The George Alexander Foundation was established by Mr Alexander AM in 1972. It places an emphasis on helping talented young people, especially those from rural and regional areas, to achieve their academic potential.

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