Arts & Education Faculty launches Opportunity Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor Iain Martin (top left) and Faculty members at the Arts & Education Forum

At the Faculty of Arts and Education Forum, Professor Christine Ure (Acting Executive Dean and Alfred Deakin Professor) and Matt McDonough (Faculty General Manager), along with the Vice-Chancellor and members of the Faculty’s executive, launched the Faculty’s Opportunity Scholarships initiative. This innovative access and equity scholarship program will be funded by staff giving. Donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Faculty which means that the generosity of our staff will have double the impact!

“The Faculty of Arts and Education is committed to inspiring courageous minds and creating opportunities for generations of thinkers, doers and leaders,” Professor Ure said.  

An increasing number of Australian university students are doing it really tough. The financial hardship faced by some—especially Indigenous students and those from the poorest households—is particularly stark. Homelessness among tertiary students is also a growing concern.

At Deakin, we know that education has the power to transform lives. One of our fundamental values is that financial disadvantage, geographical location or family situation should not be a barrier to the benefits of a university education. Philanthropy is increasingly important to how we as a community support our students. 

Matt McDonough is proud of the Faculty of Arts and Education’s people first culture. “The Opportunity Scholarships initiative is another example of our pride in actively supporting our students, communities and colleagues.”