George Alexander Foundation Scholarships

Established in 2007 by the George Alexander Foundation (GAF), founded by the late industrialist and philanthropist George Alexander AM, for the purpose of assisting outstanding rural students especially those demonstrating exceptional leadership potential and community participation, to achieve their undergraduate educational goals at the Ballarat Campus successfully.


Five scholarships valued at $15,000 are available each year, paid as one instalment per semester for the duration of the course.

  • $2,500 per semester is available for a three year program
  • $1,875 per semester is available for a four year program


This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Studying at the Ballarat campus
  • From rural/regional Victoria
  • Undergraduate students
  • In the first year of their course
  • Attained a minimum ATAR ranking of 75 or equivalent

Required Documentation

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • A written statement of approximately 750-1,000 words outlining:
    • degree of leadership and leadership potential demonstrated in your academic and personal life
    • level and quality of extracurricular activities and community participation (including employment, work experience, volunteering, sporting and other community activities undertaken)
    • reasons for selecting your chosen course, along with long term career goals
    • how the Scholarship would enable you to achieve your academic, leadership and employment goals
    • what it would mean to you to receive a GAF Scholarship.
  • A 3-4 year plan
  • Evidence of academic merit (ATAR ranking or equivalent)
  • Resume
  • Evidence of geographic barriers impacting on you and your studies
  • Evidence of your leadership and community participation
  • For Year 12 school leaver applicants – one written academic reference and one written community engagement reference
  • For non-school leaver applicants – one written professional reference and one written community engagement reference.

Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Written statement
  • 3-4 year plan
  • Academic merit
  • Geographic barriers
  • Leadership and community participation
  • Resume
  • Written references

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office and recipients selected by the donor.

Ongoing Requirements

Recipients are required to maintain all of the following:

  • a minimum grade point average of at least 5.0 (credit) in each semester
  • a full-time study load at the Ballarat Campus
  • provide an annual report on progress and learning for the George Alexander Foundation submitted no later than 1 October of each year. The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship annual report must include specific details as requested by the donor.

Recipients are requested to submit a letter of appreciation for the donor explaining how the Scholarship has assisted them. The letter should be submitted to the Scholarships Office no later than 1 October of each year.


Written references must be from two different sources (ie. – both references cannot come from your school or same organisation).

Written references must also include the title and/or position and contact details of the person providing the reference.