The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Programs at ACU
The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Program commenced at the Australian Catholic University Ballarat campus in 2007. In 2019, a second Scholarship Program commenced at ACU's New South Wales campuses, in Blacktown, North Sydney and Strathfield.
The ACU Ballarat and NSW campuses focus on education and health qualifications, offering degrees in Early Childhood Education, Paramedicine and Nursing, amongst other disciplines. The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Programs specifically target the health and teaching workforce shortages in regional and rural communities, aiming to support commencing undergraduate students, particularly those from regional and rural areas, to gain qualifications in these fields.
Ten scholarships are awarded annually (five at the Ballarat campus and five across the Blacktown, North Sydney and Strathfield campuses); each valued at $24,000 and paid in instalments during the scholar's degree.
These scholarships are open to commencing full-time students, with those from rural and regional communities encouraged to apply. All GAF scholarships recognise students who can demonstrate academic merit, community involvement and leadership capability.