The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program is a transformative experience offered to students of the University of Newcastle who want to change the world.

This revolutionary scholarship program was born to honour the life changing and enduring friendship between the successful Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma and respected Novocastrian Ken Morley.

The program aims to inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders and is only made possible by a generous US$20 million philanthropic commitment by the Jack Ma Foundation.

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Video: A new generation of globally aware and socially conscious leaders have arrived.

Scholarship benefits

up to $75,000 Financial assistance over the course of your degree
Enrichment Program ? tailored to your needs
Join a family of influential leaders and change makers
30 Scholarships in the first year
Australian first program of its kind


We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which our offices are located:

The Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal Nation - Newcastle campus at Callaghan | Darkinung People - Central Coast campus at Ourimbah | Biripai People - Port Macquarie campus

We also acknowledge and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from who our applicants, scholars and mentors are drawn from.

We acknowledge and pay our respect to their ancestors past and present and acknowledge future leaders, and it is the hope of the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program that we can develop meaningful relationships and work with current generations to be part of creating a fairer and respectful Australia now and into the future.

At least one third of the scholars in the program are Indigenous and we are honoured to offer the tools and support to develop their leadership qualities and global opportunities so they can change the world.