Report Betty Vassiliadis
Photography Greg Ford
Monash University will be offering more scholarships than ever before thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response of graduates to our Alumni Outreach Campaign.
From March until October this year, alumni were contacted by an enthusiastic team of current Monash students to share news, hear their views and seek donations for key University initiatives.
The student callers contacted more than 20,500 alumni and these calls have resulted in more than $165,000 in donations.
This is the second year that Monash has undertaken an outreach campaign and the response from alumni continues to grow.
So far in 2015 there has been a significant increase in the number of donors and donations compared with the previous year, with the majority of donations being directed to supporting students.
Last year, 23 students across 10 faculties were awarded Achieving Potential Scholarships.
This year, thanks to the generosity of alumni, the University was able to provide scholarships to 58 students. In 2016 the goal will be to increase the number and value of the scholarship to provide greater financial support to more students.
These scholarships improve the educational experience for students by allowing them to focus on their studies. Recipients use the funds to address daily expenses, such as paying the rent and buying textbooks.
These and other vital issues can distract students from study, disrupt attendance and prevent them from achieving their full potential.
To support the Annual Giving Campaign visit monash.edu.au/giving/priorities/annual-appeal