Gandel Scholarships

Gandel Scholarships

Monash Leaders Scholarship

The Gandel Scholarships support high-achieving students with leadership potential who have experienced educational disadvantage and wish to contribute to the community.

The Gandel Scholarships aim to create a platform for exceptional individuals to develop their skills and contribute to a better world. You will become a mentor to students from under-represented schools as part of the Access Monash Mentoring Program, giving you the opportunity to develop your leadership, public speaking and teamwork skills.

The Gandel family have a close connection with Monash University – three generations have studied here. Two scholarships are awarded each year – one to a male student (John Gandel Scholarship) and one to a female student (Pauline Gandel Scholarship).


3 August - 9 Oct 2020

Total scholarship value

Up to $45,700

Number offered

Two per year

Namik Perera

John Gandel Scholarship recipient

Namik Perera: Achieve your full potential

As a child in Sri Lanka, Namik Perera witnessed the impact of a doctor shortage during the brutal civil war. Hospitals were overflowing with the wounded and he felt a desperate need to help. Fleeing to Australia with his family, Namik and his parents had to start rebuilding their lives from scratch. “We were faced with major financial hardship with my parents being unable to secure jobs.”

Thanks to the John Gandel Scholarship, Namik is able to further his education at Monash. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Science and hopes to pursue a career as a psychiatrist. “The ability to bring about a positive change in the lives of others is a huge motivating factor for me,” he says.

Am I eligible?

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder

You must also be:

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Commencing student enrolling full-time in an undergraduate degree at a Monash campus in Australia.
  • Selected to be an Access Monash Mentor.
  • From a low-income background.
  • Minimum ATAR score or equivalent of 85.00.


Number offered

  • Two per year (one for a male student and one for a female student)

Selection criteria

  • This scholarship is awarded to the top male and female applicants based on academic achievement, personal circumstances, social or low income and leadership potential.
  • You will be interviewed to assess your commitment to making a difference through leadership and community programs.
  • Consideration will be given to students who are experiencing social disadvantage such as those who are from communities under-represented in higher education including those, but not limited to recent refugee arrivals in Australia, Indigenous Australian or those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

To retain this scholarship:

How to apply

Every scholarship may have a different application process – or none at all. Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline. For more details, visit our scholarships application page.

Apply through VTAC