Service and sacrifice empower next generation

28 November 2023

Established in 1996, the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund continues to ignite the dreams of the next generation of doers, thinkers and leaders. 

This year, 35 descendants of ADF personnel and veterans were awarded with a scholarship to support their studies across various fields.

Ten of the lucky recipients were selected to visit Canberra for an exclusive tour of the Australian War Memorial. During the visit they met with Governor-General General (retd) David Hurley and Linda Hurley.  

Scholarship recipient Jocelyn Mayger, who is studying a Bachelor of IT and Mathematics in Brisbane, said the tour was remarkable. 

“Like my fellow Gallipoli scholars, my family has a distinguished record of military service and the tour made me realise how very thankful we should all be for their unselfish efforts in the service of our country,” she said. 

Holley, a scholarship recipient studying a Master of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science, said it was a memorable interpersonal experience. 

“Their Excellencies sought our views and were warm and candid in their advice. Mrs Hurley’s singing of the Gallipoli Scholarship song still resonates,” she said. 

The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund supports descendants of ADF personnel and veterans, with the aim of preserving an understanding of courage, mateship and sacrifice in young Australians. Each year, Defence grants three bursaries to support young Australians in their studies.    

Direct descendants of those who have served their nation can apply for a scholarship to support their study towards a degree, diploma or advanced diploma. Applications open January 1 and close February 28 each year. 

For more information, including eligibility criteria for applicants, visit 



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