Achievement against the odds

In 1972, George Alexander established an independent philanthropic foundation in his name as a way of sharing his wealth and giving back to the community.

George Alexander firmly believed in planting seeds in the hope they would grow and flourish. Today, the George Alexander Foundation (GAF) works with partners, like the University of Wollongong, to offer scholarships and other educational opportunities that assist talented students in fulfilling their potential.

In July, five UOW students from rural and regional areas were the most recent, of some 800 scholars and their families from across Australia, to benefit from his legacy.

GAF 2019 scholars: Aish Cowgill from Bathurst, Hannah Jenkins from Picton, Mikayla McGuirk-Scolaro from Temora, Laila Bradshaw from Binjura, India Johnson from Cowra

GAF 2019 scholars: Aish Cowgill from Bathurst, Hannah Jenkins from Picton, Mikayla McGuirk-Scolaro from Temora, Laila Bradshaw from Binjura, India Johnson from Cowra

The partnership between UOW and GAF began in 2017 and has awarded 10 students to date.

Just as George’s life changed with the opportunity of education, so have the lives of each scholar.

You can read about 2019 recipient Mikayla McGuirk-Scolaro’s dreams of becoming a documentary film maker here.


2019 GAF Scholar Celebration

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