It has been a year of change and growth for The George Alexander Foundation.
We bade farewell to Craig Connelly, who stepped down as the Foundation's Chief Executive Officer after seven years in the role. We thank Craig for his outstanding contributions to the Foundation's work.
In March, we welcomed Paul Conroy to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Paul brings a wealth of experience from both the commercial world and the not-for-profit sector, and the Governors look forward to working with him as he leads the management of the Foundation in the years ahead.
In the past financial year (FY23), the Foundation distributed over $1.7 million to scholarship and fellowship programs at 14 institutions across Australia.
The Foundation's scholar and fellow network has continued to grow, with 76 scholars, 6 International Specialised Skills Institute fellows, and 12 Earthwatch Student Challenge fellows welcomed into our community.
This year, the Foundation has reached a milestone, having awarded a total of over 1,600 scholarships and fellowships to support talented individuals in pursuing their educational goals.
Our founder, George Alexander, hoped that the support provided by his Foundation would empower scholarship and fellowship recipients to contribute to the broader Australian community, and we are continually delighted to learn about the contributions they are making.
From an engineer helping Australian consumers understand their vehicle's fuel efficiency and emissions to a clinical psychologist creating free online resources to empower his community to care for their mental well-being, the leadership shown by our alumni in their respective fields certainly fulfills George's dream.
George would be incredibly proud to learn what our community has achieved this year.