Supporting rural students to follow their dreams
Tuesday 19 October 2016
Rural and regional students face extra barriers to university education, but the George Alexander Foundation scholarships have provided more than 1.5$million to support Murdoch University students.
"This scholarship has enabled me to leave my home and come to university to pursue my dreams and it is the best opportunity I could have ever asked for," says Krystal Hartig scholarship recipient and Murdoch University graduate.
Murdoch University Development Officer, Clara Millet, said these scholarships addressed one of the most critical factors affecting university education for rural students, the distance between home and university.
“It is very challenging for regional students to adjust to living in the city while also trying to find their feet in a new university environment. Easing the financial burden for these students gives them the freedom to focus on their studies.”
George Alexander Foundation CEO, Craig Connelly said the GAF scholarships were an important investment in the future of young Australians and their ongoing contribution to the broader community.
“The Foundation has renewed the scholarship partnership with Murdoch three times – in 2010, 2013 and again in 2016,” he said. “Murdoch University has proven to be a strong partner of the Foundation, managing and promoting a successful scholarship program resulting in significant demand for the scholarships. It is for these reasons that the Foundation has extended this program for another three years.”
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