The George Alexander Foundation Access Scholarship

If you are a high achieving recent VCE student aiming to study at Deakin University Waurn Ponds, Waterfront or Warrnambool campuses, the George Alexander Foundation Access Scholarship could be for you.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 open Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 close Thursday 9 January 2020 at 5pm.


Up to four years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Payment of up to $8000 per year if enrolled in a three year course or up to $6000 per year if enrolled in a four year course.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be a commencing student enrolled in an undergraduate bachelor degree in Trimester 1 2020 at Deakin University Waurn Ponds, Waterfront or Warrnambool campuses
  • be enrolled full time in a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • be able to demonstrate participation in and commitment to supporting the community and volunteer activities
  • be able to demonstrate leadership and leadership potential in your academic, professional and personal life
  • have a strong academic standing with a minimum ATAR of 75

Preference will be given to:

  • a year 12 school leaver (including students who have been on exchange or gap year programs for up to twelve months after completion).


As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • promote the image of Deakin and the George Alexander Foundation both within and outside the University and participate in the network of George Alexander Foundation Scholars
  • attend a meet and greet event with the donor
  • maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60*
  • agree to the University sharing your WAM with the donor for administrative record purposes
  • complete a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship
  • provide an introductory statement about your study goals and what it means to receive this scholarship

*Failure to maintain the minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 may result in the scholarship being revoked.

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you will also be required to upload current supporting documentation.

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to supply evidence of your leadership and/or community and/or volunteering activities.

Applications also require the following:

  • A personal statement of 750 – 1000 words (mandatory)
  • A three year plan outlining how you will develop your skills and work over the duration of the scholarship funding
  • A resume
  • Two referees – one academic and one personal referee

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

Read more about supporting documentation

Application tips

Applying for a scholarship isn’t just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It’s a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, how it will help you and what you have to offer the Deakin community.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Visit our applicant portal

What happens next

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within six weeks of the closing date and will be asked to complete an additional application.

About the donor

The George Alexander Foundation was established by Mr George Alexander AM in 1972 to provide grants for public charitable purposes in Australia.

Reflecting the founder's special interests, The George Alexander Foundation has an emphasis on supporting talented young people who have demonstrated academic ability, particularly those from rural and regional communities, for whom scholarships would make a significant contribution to achieving their educational goals.