Golden Jubilee Class Gift

Augustus Short Scholarship recipient Georgie standing in front of a tree

Traditionally, the Golden Jubilee cohort makes a collective gift to the Golden Jubilee Scholarship Fund.

First established by the Class of 1961, the Fund supports Augustus Short Scholarships at the University, and is a meaningful way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of your graduation.

Georgie is a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) third-year student and 2020 Augustus Short Scholarship recipient who credits her mother’s strong work ethic for motivating her to pursue her studies and reach her full potential.

“In 2016 while I was in Year 9, I fled a volatile home situation with my Mum and we became homeless overnight.

“For the first few months, we couch-surfed at friends’ places before Mum found a small unit for us. Mum went without a lot of things for several years just so she could pay my school fees and I could focus on my studies.”

An ambitious future geologist, Georgie found that the Augustus Short scholarship combined with part-time work during the summer break allowed her to focus 100% on her studies during the university year, without the pressure to undertake extra shifts.

In November 2021, Georgie undertook a three-month placement as a mine geologist in North-West Queensland.

"I am convinced I wouldn’t have had the successes I have experienced while studying at the University of Adelaide without the help of the scholarship."Georgie

Changing lives through scholarships

The University of Adelaide’s first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short, believed that tertiary education should be accessible to all students of high academic merit, regardless of birth or wealth. Named in his honour and funded through the generous support of donors, Augustus Short Scholarships are available to students of outstanding academic ability who come from rural or remote areas, challenging financial circumstances or another disadvantage. To date, Augustus Short Scholarships have supported 76 students through their degrees.

Our aim is to offer sustainable support to students in need. $125,000 over the next five years will underwrite a specially named Jubilee Augustus Short Scholarship, in perpetuity, as a commemoration of this annual event. With your contribution to the Class Gift of 1972, we can reach this year’s target of $25,000.

Your gift will impact the lives of students at the University for decades to come.

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