Ma & Morley Scholars Exceed Expectations

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program is now in its third year and the scholars are making the most of their opportunities. They are progressing fast as individuals and as a group, and delivering high academic results.

Ma & Morley Scholarship Recipients
The 2019 Ma & Morley scholars travelled to China for 11 days in June and July on a global immersion experience to better prepare them to find solutions that tackle global challenges.

In addition to a generous financial component, the scholarship consists of a program of activities to guide, educate and inspire the scholars, in order to help them broaden their thinking and strengthen their leadership skills. Scholars progress through four stages of the program, the first of which includes a life-changing global immersion experience, an Indigenous cultural program and a series of enrichment activities.

As 30 more students join the program each year, they are building a capable and enduring network of scholars from diverse backgrounds who share similar values.

A transformative experience for students who want to change the world

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program honours the life changing and enduring friendship between the successful Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma and respected Novocastrian, Ken Morley, made possible by a generous US$20 million philanthropic commitment by the Jack Ma Foundation.

The program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and positions are highly sought, with around 10 applicants for every place. After graduating, scholars stay connected and give back to the program and future scholars as Ma & Morley Ambassadors.

Thank you to the Jack Ma Foundation for their generous and enduring commitment to inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders.

I am really grateful for the opportunities the Ma & Morley Program opens up for us. I’m definitely growing as a person and I feel really supported by the network of other scholars around me.”

- Jasmine Stuart
Ma & Morley Scholar
Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours)

Aspiring global leaders aligned to the program values are encouraged to apply. Applications for the 2021 academic year open on 1 August 2020. For more information and to apply, visit

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