MANDURAH’S Michael Sgro is one of seven talented students from regional and remote areas of Australia who have begun studying at Murdoch University thanks to scholarships from the George Alexander Foundation.
The funding, worth more than $24,000 over three years, aims to alleviate the financial pressures associated with attending university away from family and friends.
Sgro, who is studying for a Bachelor of Creative Media, was prepared to do the daily commute from Mandurah but the scholarship has ensured he can remain just a stone’s throw away from university as it is paying for his accommodation at the Murdoch Village.
“I get to live on campus, get involved in extra-curricular activities and meet all these incredible like-minded individuals,’’ he said.
“Being at Murdoch Village means I can learn how to look after myself as an adult and focus on learning to make the most out of my degree.”
Since 2008, the George Alexander Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to regional students to help them fulfil their dreams of studying at Murdoch.