George Alexander Foundation Scholarships

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These scholarships have been made available by The George Alexander Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1972 by George Alexander AM to provide grants for public charitable purposes in Australia. Reflecting the founder’s special interests, the scholarships offer talented students access and opportunity to fulfil their potential. The scholarships are an important investment in the future of individual young Australians and their ongoing contribution to the broader community.

Courses eligible

Any on-campus undergraduate degree at Swinburne.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or a Australian permanent resident.
  • be a commencing student studying full-time in an on-campus undergraduate degree at Swinburne in Semester 1, 2019.
  • have completed Year 12 in 2018 (or 2017, and taken a gap year in 2018)
  • provide proof of achieved ATAR of 80.00. 
  • demonstrate need to reside away from home in order to undertake study
  • provide a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • provide a personal statement (750-1000 words) addressing the following criteria:
    • Your academic standing
    • The measure of leadership and leadership potential demonstrated in your academic and personal life
    • The level and quality of community participation undertaken by you (including volunteering, work history, sporting and other community activities undertaken in/outside of school)
    • The reasons for selecting the particular program of study in which you are enrolled and your long term goals as a result of this study
    • The degree to which the scholarship would enable you to best meet your educational and employment goals (what would it mean for you to receive a GAF scholarship?)
  • provide a three-year plan outlining how you will develop your skills and work over the duration of their scholarship funding. Download the three-year plan template here.
  • provide two referee reports (written in the last 2 years) to support your application (please include the title/position of your referees. They must also be from different organisations)
    • one academic reference – from a person qualified to comment on your academic studies, preferably a subject coordinator from your secondary school and/or your school principal.
    • one character reference – from a person competent to supply a character reference (for example, a person with whom you have undertaken volunteer work or community activities or a current or past employer) outlining your suitability for the scholarship. This statement cannot be written by someone related to you. The referee must state relationship to applicant.

Applicants who do not submit one academic and one character reference are to be deemed ineligible, ie two academic or character references are not acceptable.


Seven scholarships are available. Each scholarship is valued at $8000 per year, for a period of three years. The total value of the scholarship is $24,000.

How to apply

Applications will re-open in August 2019.


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