New scholarship to support students with disabilities - Griffith University
Students with disabilities are set to be supported through a new scholarship started by a Griffith Business School alumnus.
Bachelor of Business graduate, Griffith Foundation Board Member and donor Anna Cottell has pledged a $100,000 amortizing endowment to create the scholarship.
“This scholarship is about supporting students with disabilities as they begin their university education at Griffith,” Ms Cottell said. “It is essential to make sure the opportunities I was given are passed on to those who also want the opportunity of a tertiary education.”
The scholarship will be available to first-year students with a disability who have financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage to undertake undergraduate study at Griffith University.
Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans with donor and alumnus, Anna Cottell.
Ms Cottell, co-founder of Wotif.com and daughter of philanthropist Andrew Brice AM, is calling on other donors to join her.
“I hope that others will join me by adding to this scholarship endowment,” she said. “As the endowment grows, more students can be supported, and we are creating a more inclusive future together.”
Griffith University will match the foundation donation of $100,000, which means when any new donor contributes to the endowment, they will have their donation matched until the $100,000 is expended.
Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans said equity, accessibility and inclusion were strategic priorities for the University. “Our goal is to ensure all students can participate fully in all spheres of study without barriers,” Professor Evans said. “This new scholarship will complement our work on improving participation, retention and success of students with disabilities by aiding students financially. We are incredibly grateful for Ms Cottell’s generous endowment and efforts encouraging further donations.”