A new access and equity scholarship fund has provided $312,000 of scholarship support to a massive 53 undergraduate students from Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. The South-West Philanthropic Scholarships are valued up to $7,000 each and paid to students over two years.

This great example of place-based philanthropy is thanks to the generosity and community-mindedness of a collection of regional foundations and Warrnambool City Council. The scholarship fund recognises the impact the Warrnambool campus has as a provider of higher education, employment and economic growth for the area.

The passion and pride the trustees have in the local area means more students from the south-west of Victoria will have the opportunity to achieve and fulfil their professional dreams and ambitions. This year’s recipients are undertaking various undergraduate degrees including Environmental Science, Primary Education, Nursing, Psychology and Commerce.

The South-West Scholarship Fund carves a clear pathway for students looking to study at the Warrnambool campus and contributes to the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s regional and rural communities.

A great boost for Warrnambool campus

Director of the Warrnambool campus Alistair McCosh explained that the new scholarships provide support for local students who may not have considered a university education if not for the generosity of the scholarship fund members.

“Scholarships provide life changing opportunities, enabling students to reach their full potential and make their goals a reality, whether they aspire to make a difference in industry, pursue a career as a teacher or fulfil their dreams as a marine scientist,” Mr McCosh said.

“We know that students who study in regional areas are more likely to stay in those areas, contributing to the skilled workforce in regional Victoria.”


Meet scholarship recipient Alyssa Pope

Scholarship recipient Alyssa Pope

A strong belief in the transformative power of education is what drives South-West Philanthropic Academic Scholarship holder Alyssa Pope as she embarks on a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus.

“I want to make a difference in the world which I believe is most effectively done through equipping children with the skills that they need to each be able to make a more substantial difference than I could make myself,” Alyssa said.

“If more children are raised to become conscientious, caring people who believe in themselves, their generation could collectively transform the world into a better, more liveable place.”

Alyssa explained that the scholarship provides a range of opportunities on top of financial security and a motivational boost.

“This scholarship provides me with the opportunity to participate in the Deakin Global Experience Program, undertaking professional experience overseas allowing me to gain an international perspective on teaching and valuable life experience.”


South-West Scholarship Fund Members

Deakin Warrnambool campus would like to acknowledge the generosity of all the wonderful Warrnambool philanthropic foundations who support this scholarship.

Archie and Hilda Graham Foundation Moyne Shire
Bill and Glenys Phillpot O’Brien Building
Business and Professional Women South West St. John of God Hospital
Ern Hartley Foundation Wannon Water
Leahy’s Electrical Warrnambool Cheese and Butter/Saputo
MGA Insurance Warrnambool City Council
Midfield Agricultural Group  

We also acknowledge with thanks the following donors who also contribute to scholarships on our Warrnambool campus.

The A.L. Lane Foundation George Alexander Foundation
Cumorah Foundation ATF Fletcher and Rena Jones Foundation The Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation
Felicity Melican Isobel & David Jones Family Foundation
The F.J. Foundation Moore Family
The Gall Family Foundation The Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation
Geoff and Helen Handbury / 3YB and Coast FM The Thomas O’Toole Foundation

We thank you for supporting the learning journey of our rural and regional future leaders.