“Being a Fogarty Scholar fundamentally changed my experience at uni and I have no doubt it has changed my whole life.” Michael Douglas, UWA Fogarty Scholar Alumnus
What is the UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarship Program?
The UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarship Program was established in 2004 and is one of Australia’s premier scholarship programs.
It is a joint investment between the Fogarty Foundation and The University of Western Australia to inspire talented young students to remain and study in WA. The scholarships provide students with financial and mentoring support and encourage excellence in their studies.
The Fogarty Foundation and UWA provide 10 new scholarships each year to city and regional students across a range of disciplines. Our Scholars are among some of WA’s best and brightest young minds with a commitment to leadership and community involvement. Scholars receive a generous scholarship for their entire degree and participate in a Leadership Program throughout their time at university. The Leadership Program is a distinguishing element of the scholarships, where Scholars learn from, and have access to, a network of significant leaders, gain insight into major challenges within our community and awareness in how they can contribute.
Undergraduate Scholars receive $10,000 per annum for the duration of their degrees. This funding is used to assist in tuition, accommodation and general living expenses for their time as students. UWA Fogarty Undergraduate Scholars who choose to continue their postgraduate study at UWA are supported with $5,000 per annum for the duration of their degree.
In 2019 we have 63 current Scholars and 85 Alumni studying and working in a variety of fields.
The Scholars are chosen from among WA’s brightest and most committed young people. They have all achieved outstanding academic success and are highly accomplished in other areas including leadership capacity, sporting and artistic achievements and community involvement.
What is the Leadership Program?
The Fogarty Foundation and the University of Western Australia view leadership as an integral factor in building strong communities. UWA Fogarty Scholars participate in a tailored Leadership Program that provides Scholars and Alumni with the opportunity to network with today’s leaders through a range of events and seminars. We host a range of events throughout the year, including conversation style events where you engage with a presenter in an informal way and hear about their experiences and path to success in an intimate setting. Through the Leadership Program, Scholars are offered an insight into major challenges within the community and how they you contribute to solutions. Some of the past speakers at these events include:
- The Hon Julie Bishop MP;
- Andrew Forrest CitWA, Fortsecue Metals CEO;
- Dr Janet Holmes à Court AC; and
- Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall AC CitWA.
Scholars also get the opportunity to hone their technical skills through participating in Skills Workshops on topics such as presentation skills, career planning etc. As part of the program, an event called ‘The Remarkables’ Conversation is hosted towards the end of each year where several Scholars share about their passions, achievements and the personal initiatives they’ve established within the community. A highlight of the year in the Leadership Program is the Leaders Series Breakfast which is attended by over 200 Scholars, Alumni and community and business leaders. The 2019 Leaders Series Breakfast is planned for early second semester with the focus on innovation and highlighting effective enterprise from WA in the global context.