Annual Reports

2013 CEO's Report

For the first time in its history, in 2012-13, the Foundation distributed more than $1 million across its scholarships, grants and other programs. We also awarded 67 scholarships, the largest annual number to date, as well as commencing new scholarship programs with three universities.
A group of yougn students standing in front of Swinburne sign

Although George Alexander insisted that 'our future will never be in numbers, but it will be with quality', it is appropriate to highlight some of the year's significant figures. 

Throughout the year, I’m privileged to attend functions and visit the institutions we partner with. These functions provide wonderful opportunities to meet with scholars and hear first-hand the stories behind these numbers. Speaking with these bright young Australians never fails to deepen my admiration for their passion and dedication and my appreciation for the contributions they are already making - and hopefully will continue to make - to our society.

Looking at the honour roll of students who have received George Alexander Foundation Scholarships, I am struck by the range of courses being studied and of course, the growing number of institutes represented. This is in line with George’s wishes that the Foundation should focus on supporting and rewarding young people of many different talents.

Complementing the scholarships, the Foundation’s support for Fellowships at The Centre for Sustainability Leadership and at the International Specialised Skills Institute continues, supporting learning and development opportunities for talented and committed individuals. The Foundation also maintained its support for Earthwatch’s student challenge - featured in our highlights video above – which offers a valuable educational gateway for secondary students interested in future careers in environmental science.

I would also like to encourage former scholars who may have lost touch with the Foundation or their university to make contact with us either directly or through LinkedIn or Facebook. We really appreciate hearing from you and would love the opportunity to share your stories with other scholars.

In February 2013, Nicole McLeod was appointed program manager of The George Alexander Foundation, replacing Caitriona Fay, who had helped to guide the Foundation’s work for six years.  I’d like to thank Caitriona for her contribution and welcome Nicole to the role. I’m sure those who have met or had contact with Nicole will agree that her enthusiasm and commitment will be a great asset to the Foundation’s work.

Janet Hirst
Chief Executive Officer