Each year the Australian National University ("ANU") may offer up to five (5) awards known as the George Alexander Foundation Scholarships ("the award").
The objectives of the award are to support:
commencing students who must move away from home in order to undertake an undergraduate degree at ANU;
students who demonstrate strong academic merit, community involvement and leadership potential.
Funding for this award has been provided by the George Alexander Foundation (GAF), which was established in 1972 by Mr George Alexander to provide grants for public charitable purposes in Australia, with an emphasis on supporting talented young people pursue their potential.
Field of study
All academic fields
The award is available to prospective ANU students who:
are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident;
have attained a minimum ATAR of 80 (or equiv), excluding bonus points;
are a year 12 school leaver (including students who have been on exchange or gap year programs for up to twelve months after completion), who has not previously completed an undergraduate degree;
are required to reside away from home in order to undertake an undergraduate program at the ANU. Note: applicants from remote, rural or regional areas are encouraged to apply
The award is valued at $24,000 over three years. Refer to the payment schedule below:.
How to apply
Applications for 2019 are now open and will close at 17:00 pm AEST on Friday 31 August 2018. While there is no application form for this scholarship, to apply you are required to follow the steps below and submit the following documents:
Step 1: Write your cover letter
Your cover letter (max 1 page) should explain your reasons for applying for this award and how it aligns with your career goals.
Step 2: Attach your resume
Your resume should be no more than two pages in length and include your:
personal information including contact details and citizenship status
academic record including any awards or prizes
community service or voluntary work
Step 3: Write your personal statement
Your personal statement should be no more than 1000 words and outline the personal and professional benefits of your proposed program of study and how the award will support your study goals. You are also encouraged to include an outline of your community participation, including any volunteering and extracurricular activities.
Step 4: Attach your academic record
You should include the following documents:
a copy of your year 11 results statement;
a letter from the Head of Year (or equiv) providing details of your predicted ATAR (or equiv)
Step 5: Attach your Three Year Plan
Please provide a Three year plan outlining how you will develop your skills and work over the duration of the award funding. Refer to the Three year plan sample document under Resources.
Step 6: Attach your two written references
Please provide two written references INCLUDING NAME, POSITION, ORGANISATION:
An academic reference from your school;
A character reference by someone suitable to comment on your contributions to the community and your leadership potential.
Step 7: Submit your application documents
Please ensure that you have gathered the required supporting documents (refer to the Application Checklist below) and that you have combined them into a single pdf, then email to philanthropic scholarships by 17:00 pm AEST Thursday 31 August 2018.
If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact Philanthropic Scholarships on 02 6125 6236.
Before you submit your application, please check that you have gathered and attached the following documents:
Up to date Resume
Personal statement of no more than 1,000 words
Copies of results for Years 11 and 12 (where applicable)
Letter from Head of Year outlining predicted ATAR (or equivalent)
Three year plan
Two written referee reports - an academic reference by someone suitable to comment on your contributions to the community and your leadership potential.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application in the last week of September. Scholarship offers will be made to the successful applicants conditional upon ATAR results.