The Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund is an initiative created by Curtin’s Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) in conjunction with the Curtin Student Guild.
As recent graduates, Curtin’s young alumni – graduates aged 35 and under – truly understand the rising financial pressures of university education.
Funded solely by our young alumni community, the Helping Hand Fund works a little differently to other scholarships. It’s not advertised to current students. Instead, it’s awarded on a case-by-case basis when students, who are struggling with their essential study costs, present themselves to the Guild looking for urgent financial support. Upon assessment, the Guild may recommend they apply for a $200 Helping Hand Fund grant which will be used for purchasing textbooks, study materials, or other unexpected study-related expenses.
The YAAB invites you to lend a helping hand by contributing towards this wonderful initiative. Together, Curtin’s young alumni community can help ease the stress of current students facing educational disadvantage, so they’re able to focus on their studies.
“I chose to donate to the Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund because I knew what it felt like to be strapped for cash. I knew what it felt like to fork out $200 for a rather thick textbook. As I am now working full time I am able to give back. I love that I can give back to something that was part of helping me get to where I am today – so in a sense I am paying that forward.”
– Kieron Safstrom, Program Coordinator (Fundraising), Young Alumni Advisory Board