The University of Newcastle, Australia

Program structure

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program will present you with a transformational staged journey to guide you on your path of becoming the socially conscious and globally aware leader you aspire to be. Each stage represents one year of the program.

CONNECT with Program values and Ma & Morley family CULTIVATE leadership skills & capabilities CREATE meaningful, impactful change CONTRIBUTE to development of new scholars Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 VALUES: • Peace, demilitarisation and cultural respect • Equity and justice for all peoples • Ethics in entrepreneurship and workers' rights • Environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation Honouring the remarkable friendship between Mr Jack Ma and Mr Ken Morley Building lifelong bonds and friendships between Ma & Morley Scholars

Stage 1: Connect

Ma & Morley Scholars are part of a family of changemakers.

  • Start this transformative journey with a two-day welcome event in February where you’ll connect with fellow Scholars and develop your understanding of the Program’s values.
  • In April, immerse yourself in the oldest living culture on earth through an Indigenous Cultural Immersion Camp.
  • Travel to China during the June/July mid-year break for an immersive global experience. this experience aims to emulate the same eye-opening journey that Jack Ma had when he travelled to Newcastle from China. Over two weeks you'll learn about other cultures and experiences that align with the Program's values to develop your leadership skills and discover how you can change the world. There will be group sessions held in March and May to prepare you for the immersion.
  • The year will culminate in November at an end of year Gala event where you will share you immersive global experience.
  • Along the way you will have the opportunity to participate in monthly activities as part of the enrichment program.

Stage 2: Cultivate

  • Participate in a three-day Leadership Program in February to develop and understand the leader within you, the leader you aspire to be, and who your fellow Scholars are as leaders.
  • Get involved in the Model United Nations Assembly in August.
  • In September, immerse yourself in the oldest living culture on Earth through an Indigenous Cultural Immersion Camp.
  • The year will culminate in November at an end of year Gala event where you will share your leadership journey.
  • Along the way you will have the opportunity to participate in monthly activities as part of the enrichment program.

Stage 3: Create

It's time to implement what you've learnt.

  • Work in small groups under the expert guidance of mentors to design, plan and excecute a project that fits with the Program's values and creates a real and enduring change.
  • At the end-of-year Gala event you will celebrate and showcase the change you have created through your project and share the stage with high profile international presenters.

Stage 4: Contribute

As a Ma & Morley Scholar, you’ve experienced firsthand, and understand the importance of, feeling supported and encouraged throughout your journey. Now is the time to give back. Not only to the Program, but to other Scholars who are starting out, or are partway through, their own journey.

You can contribute to the Program in a number of ways – facilitating workshops at the welcome event, sharing your story with fellow Scholars, or even participating in a mentoring program to help others within the Program.