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A legacy from the late Sir Frank Ledger will give undergraduate students at The University of Western Australia's Business School increased access to scholarships, prizes and other support programs.
The initiatives are the result of a new five-year agreement between The University of Western Australia and the Sir Frank Ledger Trust which establishes The Sir Frank Ledger Capital Fund.
The Fund aims to assist UWA Business School students from disadvantaged groups, and in particular outer-metropolitan, rural and regional areas, who are experiencing financial hardship.
Dean of the UWA Business School, Winthrop Professor Phil Dolan, said programs created by the Fund would encourage more students to study business at university.
‘Both UWA and the Sir Frank Ledger Trust are committed to supporting initiatives that increase opportunities for emerging leaders to reach their full potential,' he said.
‘We are extremely pleased to be entering into this agreement and thank the Trust - along with the School's many corporate partners and donors - for its support of our students.'
Deputy Dean of the UWA Business School, Winthrop Professor Izan, said the Fund would create programs within the School to open up new opportunities to students who may not otherwise be able to attend university.
‘The programs created by the Fund will be a welcome addition to our existing suite, which have been successful in encouraging high achieving and disadvantaged students and allowing them to achieve to their full potential,' she said.
‘My hope is that through the Capital Fund and its initiatives, we will see more talented students have the opportunity to study business, engage with industry, and go on to make their mark in the world.'
Richard Basham, a Trustee of the Sir Frank Ledger Trust, said the agreement aligned with the late Sir Frank's commitment to assisting young people with ability who may not otherwise go on to further studies. To date, the Sir Frank Ledger Trust has distributed over $1.5 million to various charities, causes, and organisations.
An official signing ceremony was held on Thursday, 21 June at the UWA Business School. The ceremony was attended by UWA representatives and trustees of the Sir Frank Ledger Trust.