Donor's collective generosity brings big impact

Monday, 20 September 2021

Our Mid-Year Shaping Futures Scholarship Appeal saw an overwhelming response from our staff, alumni and community who collectively and very generously donated over $150,000!

Georgia thanks donors for making a difference in her life as a scholarship recipient

As shared in our Appeal letter which featured Georgia, a young Gomeroi woman and Shaping Futures Scholarship recipient, over 720 students who faced unfair barriers to accessing higher education applied for a Shaping Futures Scholarship this year – a 20% increase from last year.

With the critical need for scholarships growing, we are so incredibly grateful for your support of our students. Your collective generosity, and the additional support through the University’s matched scholarship initiative will see an additional 57 Shaping Futures Scholarships awarded next year – that’s 57 students who won’t miss out on the support they have courageously reached out for.

We are so thankful to all of our donors, who are passionate about a variety of causes and impactful initiatives across the University. While the majority of our supporters donated to Shaping Futures Scholarships ($128,780), over $20,000 in donations were directed to life-changing research and Student Hardship Grants.

The University’s non-profit community radio station, 2NURFM, received wonderful support from the community through their mid-year appeal. More than 400 2NURFM supporters collectively donated over $35,000 which will contribute to the much-needed replacement of studio equipment. This support ensures that 2NURFM will be here to stay.


$151,145* raised by 184 donors


$35,384 raised by 464 donors

*Does not include the University's matched commitment, which is an additional $100,000

To read stories from students and researchers highlighting the impact of your generosity, visit our thank you page

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