Education Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities for 2024 are now closed.

The Geelong Community Foundation Scholarship Fund is a public fund developed for the charitable purpose of providing scholarships to promote and support education for secondary and tertiary students.

General Education Support Scholarships are offered to assist the education goals for students in Year 11 in 2024. These are open to students who meet the criteria below.  The value of the General Education Scholarships range from $500 to $4,000.

For students interested in a career pathway involving Agriculture, Horticulture or related pursuits, additional scholarships are available for students who are between 15 and 25 years old and meet the scholarship criteria – see below.

Scholarship details are as follows;

  • Rural Education and Retraining Scholarship – up to $1,000 to a student interested in agriculture, horticulture or related pursuits.
  • Miles Family Scholarship – $1,000 or 2 x $500 scholarship/s to a student/s interested in agriculture, related pursuits or general education.
  • Tom & Irene Cleary Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 scholarship to a student interested in agriculture, horticulture or related pursuits.
  • Dorothy Jean Scholarship – $1,000 or 2 x $500 scholarship/s to a student/s to support general education.
  • Backwell IXL Scholarships – 4 x $2,000 scholarships to students to support general education.
  • John Wade Memorial Scholarship – 1 x $4,000 or 2 x $2,000 scholarships to a student to support general education.
  • Alfred Swan Scholarship – 1 x $500 to a student to support general education.

All scholarships are designed to support students’ education success and some of the options for funding could be;

  • support for an apprenticeship, a VET course, a diploma/degree
  • costs to attend a workshop connected with the student’s career aspirations
  • assistance with payment of fees, books, technological devices
  • camps and excursions linked to educational outcomes

This is not an exhaustive list and the Geelong Community Foundation is open to applications from students for support, which meet the criteria.

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarships are offered based on meeting the following criteria;

  • Applicants must be an Australian resident living in the Geelong region which refers to the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire, the Borough of Queenscliffe and Golden Plains Shire.
  • Students must be in year 11 in 2024 and require financial assistance to support their education.
  • Students must demonstrate commitment to their education.
  • If applying for an Agriculture or Horticulture Scholarship students should be between 15 and 25 years and be studying in this pathway or have this pathway as a specific career goal.

Scholarship Application Form

Please complete the application form and send to Gail Rodgers by 5pm Tuesday 12th March 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact the Geelong Community Foundation:

Gail Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 0431 059905 Email:


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