The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship

If you are a high achieving recent VCE student who is from a rural or regional home location, the George Alexander Foundation Scholarship could be for you.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 2024 open 15 September 2023.

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 2024 close 9 January 2024 at 5pm.


This scholarship offers cash payments up to $8000 per year for three years, or $6000 per year for four years, depending on course duration.

The total maximum value of this scholarship is $24,000.

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be commencing your first an undergraduate bachelor degree in Trimester/Semester 1 2024 at Deakin University
  • be enrolled full time in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • be enrolled in on campus studies (Online students are ineligible to apply)
  • be living in a rural or regional location, or be relocating from a rural or regional location to study at Deakin
  • 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 minimum ATAR of 75.

Preference will be given to Year 12 school leavers (including students who have been on exchange or gap year programs for up to twelve months after completion).


As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 and agree to the University sharing your WAM with the donor for administrative record purposes
  • 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
  • complete a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship.

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.

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.

After the closing date, shortlisted applicants will be contacted and asked to provide the following additional supporting documents:

  • Response to Key Selection Criteria (template to be supplied)
  • Values statement (template to be supplied)
  • Resume
  • Two referee reports – one academic and one professional/personal referee

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

Apply directly to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

When applying direct to Deakin for this scholarship, select the 'Undergraduate Scholarship Application Tri/Sem 1 2024' option and, if eligible, your application will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.

Apply for this scholarship

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

What happens next

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide in your application.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within six weeks of the closing date and will be asked to complete an additional application. Applicants who are not shortlisted will not be contacted.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.

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.

Next offering period

This scholarship is yet to be confirmed for any future offering periods. Please check back at this page at a later date for any updates.