The University of Melbourne has formally launched the new Hansen Scholarship Program which next year will offer 20 awardees free student accommodation for the three years of an undergraduate degree, assistance with living expenses, and a grant for further study.
The program is the result of a $30 million gift from philanthropists Jane Hansen and Paul Little and is funded for the next 40 years. It is aimed at year 12 students who have excellent grades but whose financial circumstances could prevent them from going to university.
University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Duncan Maskell said the gift was a tremendous legacy.
“Jane and Paul’s generosity and vision will change the lives of young people who otherwise would face significant barriers to attending university. I look forward to welcoming the first intake of Hansen Scholars when they commence at the university next year,” he said.
Jane Hansen is also the deputy chancellor of the University of Melbourne. Applications for the scholarship are open from March 1 to March 21. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
Originally published on The Australian website at www.theaustralian.com.au