About VU

Recognising our donors

VU is proud to acknowledge and highlight some of the wonderful gifts we've received.

Supporteres who donate at least $1,000 annually are recognised as part of the Blue Diamond Society.

You can make a difference. Donations of all sizes enable us to continue offering enhanced opportunities to our students and the wider-community. Find out about the different ways to donate.

Dr Susan Alberti AC

 Susan Alberti

Dr Susan Alberti AC is the co-founder and Managing Director of DANSU Construction and heads the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation.

A prominent businesswoman and active philanthropist, Dr Alberti generously committed to funding five VU Achievement Scholarships through her foundation. At the Centenary Gala Dinner in May 2016, she also pledged $1 million to support University scholarships.

Dr Alberti is a Director of the VU Foundation, through which all scholarships are disbursed.

"Donating to the VU Achievement Scholarships Program is more than just providing an opportunity for students - it is about community, supporting and building successful communities. That is what is important to me.

I hope I am encouraging other people to donate, because there's nothing more rewarding."

Scovell family

The Alexander McKenzie Scovell Award is presented annually to a high achieving first-year arts student living in Melbourne's western region.

Established in 1998 by Mrs Alison Scovell and daughters, Dr Janet Schapper and Heather Scovell, the Award honours their late husband and father, Alexander McKenzie Scovell. Alexander had a strong belief in the value of education and encouraged young people to achieve a tertiary education.

"We wondered how to do something appropriate to remember Dad that was meaningful and would suit his values," says Dr Schapper.

"Dad's key principles were that everyone should have an education and a roof over their head. His own father came from Footscray, so they always had a very strong association with the west."

She says the family wanted to support VU because it provides education for those that have less opportunity. "It is much more meaningful to us as a memorial than bricks and mortar, as we are reminded of his values every year as new students come through."

Heather Scovell says the award is about a belief in education and how important it is as a foundation for life. "The family felt this was a really good thing to do," she says. "When parents die, there's an opportunity to donate some money. Ours is a modest encouragement award, to assist students to continue their courses."

Western Bulldogs Football Club

Our partners, the Western Bulldogs Football club donate $1 for every club member, every year, to support the VU Achievement Scholarship program which assists students from Melbourne's western region to pursue their academic goals.

The then Club Chief Executive, VU alumnus and a Director of VU Foundation, Dr Campbell Rose announced in 2009 that the Bulldogs' would, in perpetuity, annually donate a $1 contribution for every adult member of the Club to support the VU Achievement Scholarships.

The Invergowrie Foundation

The Invergowrie Foundation was one of the founding supporters of the VU Achievement Scholarship program when it was launched in 2010. The Invergowrie Foundation trustees recognised the strong link between VU’s Achievement Scholarships program and the objectives of the Invergowrie Foundation.

Established in 1992, the Invergowrie Foundation provides grants to ensure that girls and women are able to access educational programs they might not otherwise be able to afford and assist them to pursue their academic aspirations.

Each year since the Achievement Scholarship program commenced, the Invergowrie Foundation has supported a Higher Education and a Vocational Education female scholar for duration of their course.