George Alexander Foundation Grant

If you are enrolled in a high material costs program or will be undertaking an unpaid placement, have a passion for community involvement and can demonstrate financial disadvantage, this grant can could provide assistance towards your study costs.

Applications now closed.

Value and duration

The grant provides $2500 as a one-off payment.


To be eligible for this grant you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • be enrolled full-time in your second, third or fourth year of a bachelor degree program at RMIT in standard semester 1 and 2 in 2018
  • have a Grade Point Average (GPA) to date of 2 or greater
  • demonstrate community participation (including volunteering, sporting and other community activities) within or outside of your university studies
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card.

In order to be considered for this grant, you must be:

  • undertaking an unpaid placement (Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience or professional practice) in 2018 which is a requirement of your program; or
  • enrolled in one of the following high material costs programs:
    • BH103 Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours)
    • BH104 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
    • BP117 Bachelor of Arts (Photography)
    • BP121 Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)
    • BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
    • BP201 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
    • BP211 Bachelor of Fashion (Design Technology)
    • BP250 Bachelor of Architectural Design
    • BP256 Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design.

Postgraduate, vocational education and one-year honour program students are ineligible to apply.

How to apply

The link to the application form will be provided here once applications open.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide (PDF, 218kb, 2pgs) which outlines acceptable forms of supporting documentation.

You will also need:

  • One letter of recommendation from an organisation external to RMIT to support your statements regarding your community participation dated no more than three months ago. To assist the organisation, provide them with Writing a Scholarship Letter of Recommendation for a Student (PDF 156kb, 1p) for tips and guidance.
  • a copy of your academic transcript if you studied at an institution other than RMIT in 2017.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. Once you have completed a question online, you cannot go back and modify your response(s). The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how it will assist you to achieve academic success?
  • Discuss any difficult circumstances you have faced that have affected your education.
  • Describe your level of commitment to community participation (e.g. volunteering, club memberships, charity work).

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Open date

Applications now closed.

Close date

Applications now closed.

Terms and conditions

Further info

George Alexander (1910 – 2008) was an engineer who studied Industrial Management and Executive Training at RMIT. George was particularly aware of the obstacles he had faced as a child and his own lack of education, so he was inspired to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get a start in life. In order to achieve this, he created the George Alexander Foundation to use his wealth in a constructive way.

There are a limited number of George Alexander Foundation Grants and not all eligible applicants will be able to receive one.


Notice to applicants

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

Successful candidates will be notified via their RMIT student email account by 31 March 2018. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Students not receiving an email of scholarship offer have been unsuccessful.