Augustus Short Scholarship

Financial hardship can be a significant barrier for students wishing to attend university.

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.

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"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, 2020 Augustus Short Scholarship recipient.

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“Because of your generous donations, I have been able to experience and maximise all that university has to offer which, ultimately, will set me up for greater successes later in my life and career. I am beyond grateful.”Georgie
Georgie, 2020 Augustus Short Scholarship recipient

Georgie at the Mount Isa Mines during her placement

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

“Mum’s admirable work ethic, especially despite the adversities we faced together, is what I strive to incorporate into my everyday life. I feel that my successes are owed and tied to her."

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.

“Gaining work experience with a globally renowned mining company while being just two years into my degree was monumental for me." 

“It has allowed me to broaden my practical skills whilst putting theory into practice and making important connections for my career,” she said.

Recently, Georgie was thrilled to learn she has been accepted into a two-year graduate program, with the same company.

“I was absolutely ecstatic to receive this amazing news. I am convinced that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the help of the scholarship.”Georgie

Dr Augustus Short founded the University of Adelaide, and believed that no student should be prevented from pursuing a higher education because of financial hardship.

We know that some of Australia’s highest-achieving students run the risk of never attending university because they live in rural areas and/or are facing financial barriers. Augustus Short Scholarships offer these students meaningful financial support throughout their undergraduate degree, removing barriers to their participation in higher education.

In naming this scholarship fund, we acknowledge the profound impact Dr Augustus Short had on the University.

I encourage those who are able to, to donate now and allow this scholarship to continue to grow and give others the exciting opportunities that I have received. Thank you. Georgie

Augustus Short Scholarship appeal

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Your gift will continue to make a University of Adelaide education accessible to disadvantaged students. Thank you. 

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You can make a gift online in honour of Dr Augustus Short or by getting in touch with our Advancement team on +61 8 8313 5800 or