Ma and Morley scholarship open for local Australian students
University of Newcastle received $26million from Alibaba founder Jack Ma to fund the Ma and Morley scholarship program in memory of Australian mentor Ken Morley
The article said; One act of kindness lead to another for University of Newcastle (UON), Australia
All thanks to Ken Morley who brought Jack Ma to Australia in 1985 for his first overseas trip.
In that time according to AFR article Jack Ma spent nearly a month in Newcastle, an experience which he is quoted as saying “[it] totally changed my future”.
Jack Ma’s gift, worth $26 million, will fund 30 scholarships at the University of Newcastle for Australian students when it begins in 2018.
When it’s fully up and running the Ma and Morley scholarships will benefit 90 students a year.
There is also a possibility the scholarship holders would be able to do internships with Alibaba in China or Australia.
The program is set up – Jack Ma says “to honour the experience and the special relationship I formed with the Morley family”
He wants the scholarships to “inspire, educate and cultivate tomorrow’s leaders“.
Who is the scholarship open to?
These scholarships are offered to local students who will begin their undergraduate degree in 2018.
Half of the scholarships in each category will be allocated to students who have completed a UON enabling pathway like Newstep, Yapug and Open Foundation (or are set to complete in 2017).
There are 4 categories:
- Indigenous students – that identify as Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander
- Educational disadvantaged – students facing circumstance that have the potential to impact their studies
- Academic Excellence – students that have shown academic potential and have a proven academic track record
- Immersion – experiences are designed to emulate the eye-opening experience Jack Ma had when he came to Newcastle. All recipients will go to China during the mid-year break
The program is possible because of the US$20 million philanthropic commitment by the Jack Ma Foundation.
Jack Ma hopes to inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders.
What an awesome gesture!
Question for you – Will you consider applying for the Ma and Morley scholarship at University of Newcastle and if so, what makes you a stand out candidate?
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Read the full heart touching original article on AFR Australian Financial Review