Active funds are established to raise money for a particular cause. Often these are memorial funds established by the family, friends or loved ones of individuals as a way of honouring their memory. Fund raising is driven externally with the support of the Advancement Office.
In addition to raising valuable income for scholarships or other initiatives the establishment of memorial funds also serve as an important link to families and friends in their time of need and have a long lasting impact in terms of community relationships and our values and reputation.
Donate to a fund below or establish your own.
Alumni Student Veterinary Fund
Students from the past helping the Vets of the future.
The Alumni Veterinary Student Fund was established to help veterinary science students at Charles Sturt University during their unpaid work placement. Past students, who understand the difficulties of this phase, have come together to support the next generation of vets by donating to the fund. The goal of the fund is to provide a bursary to current students, helping them cover the costs associated with their work placement. The aim is to 'Pay it Forward,' passing on the generosity and support received to the next generation of veterinary students. With the help of alumni and other donors, the fund aims to make this period of study a little easier for future veterinary students at Charles Sturt University.
2MCFEM Community Radio Fund
2MCEFM is a community radio service of Charles Sturt University that serves as a training resource for students in the School of Information and Communication Studies. Students can participate in radio programming, production, and journalism as part of their coursework and work alongside volunteer station workers to create diverse programs for the Bathurst and Orange communities. 2MCEFM relies on community support to cover its day-to-day costs.
Ukraine Student Support Fund
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has severely impacted the education of the country's future leaders. Charles Sturt University and its communities aim to bring hope by establishing a scholarship fund for PhD students from Ukraine. The goal is to raise $200,000 to support two students for 3.5 years during their degree studies in Australia, with fee waivers provided by the university and an annual stipend to cover living expenses and research. The Charles Sturt Foundation will match every dollar raised. By supporting these students, the future of Ukraine can be brightened and its citizens can rebuild their country with education and hope.
First Nations Agriculture Initiative Fund
The First Nations Agriculture Initiative Fund at Charles Sturt University aims to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures in Australia by preserving and integrating Indigenous land management practices into contemporary agriculture study and research. The vision is to create a compendium of Indigenous landscape knowledge and opportunities to improve long-term benefits for all through sustainable production systems and environmental resilience. The aim is to establish a research unit, increase the number of Indigenous students in agriculture, and create a higher degree program for Indigenous students. The goal is to raise 12.28 million over 5 years to achieve these outcomes. Join us in supporting this initiative to foster better understanding and reconciliation between cultures.
Jacob Berry Memorial Scholarship
The Jacob Berry Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to commemorate the life of Jacob Berry, who passed away due to a biking accident. The scholarship will support a paramedic student studying on the Port Macquarie campus, enabling them to pursue their academic goals. The scholarship is a perpetual one, and its goal is to raise $50,000. The scholarship fund is a testament to Jacob's memory and the impact he made in the lives of those who knew him. It is a way for the local community, friends, and family to keep his spirit alive and help future paramedic students in their academic journey.
The AMR Vet Collective and Online Vet AMS Course
The AMR Vet Collective is a community of veterinarians, researchers, and academics committed to addressing the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in human and animal health. The collective works to promote Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) through the creation of an online learning program, a website, and social media channels. The online program provides certification and CPD points, while the website offers scientific evidence, practical tips, and resources. The social media channels keep the topic of AMR and stewardship in the public eye and peer-to-peer sharing of stories promotes the AMR Vet Collective message. All resources and initiatives offered by the AMR Vet Collective are free to users and funded by donations. Support the AMR Vet Collective by donating today.
Regional Impact Scholarship Fund
In 2020, the Foundation launched the "Regional Impact Scholarship Fund" to help regional students overcome challenges and achieve their higher education goals while addressing the skill shortages in regional communities. The Charles Sturt Foundation is committed to living by the Wiradjuri phrase "Yindyamarra Winhanganha," meaning "the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in."
Help our wetlands - eavesdropping on wetland birds
Wetlands are essential ecosystems that support 40% of the world's biodiversity, but they are declining rapidly, putting some wetland species at risk of extinction. The Eavesdropping on Wetland Birds research project, led by Charles Sturt University, is aimed at saving wetlands by using technology and ecology to better understand them. The project uses acoustic monitoring technology to detect wetland bird species and monitor their diversity. The timing and frequency of the noises the birds make can also be used to detect breeding events. The project has already begun monitoring wetlands in southeastern Australia and Tasmania and is seeking to raise $550,000 to continue this important research. Your contribution to the project will play a role in saving wetlands and preserving their vital role in supporting biodiversity.
Dr Judith van der Wal Award Fund
The Dr Judith van der Wal Award Fund is established in honor of the late Dr Judith van der Wal, an esteemed nurse, midwife, academic leader, and friend at Charles Sturt University. The award is to commemorate 30 years of nursing education at the university. This scholarship will support future nursing students and recognize their achievements, just as Dr van der Wal did throughout her career. The goal of the fund is to raise $50,000 in order to establish a perpetual scholarship for students pursuing a degree in nursing at Charles Sturt University. This scholarship will provide financial support and recognition to aspiring nurses, ensuring that Dr van der Wal's legacy lives on.
Dr Julia Howitt Legacy Scholarship Fund
The Dr Julia Howitt scholarship fund is set up to commemorate the memory of a respected Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Researcher at Charles Sturt University, who devoted much of her time to environmental science. Julia's passion for science started at a young age and she went on to achieve great academic success, including earning her PhD. Throughout her career, she explored a variety of topics in the field, including solar energy, aquatic chemistry, and environmental contamination. In addition to being an academic, Julia was a dedicated community member. The goal of the scholarship fund is to award $3,000 annually to a student studying a science degree at Charles Sturt University and has a target of $50,000.
CSU Mitchell Rugby Club - Womens Rugby Scholarship fund
The CSU Mitchell Rugby Club is a proud part of the Central West premier competition, having won several premierships and other grade victories in its 50-year history. The club is open to male and female players and is known for fostering lifelong friendships. In 2019, the club established the CSU Mitchell Women's Rugby Scholarship to support female rugby players with the costs of their studies. The scholarship fund's goal is to raise $50,000 to help provide financial assistance to new and current players. Show your support by selecting the CSU Mitchell Women's Rugby Scholarship Fund as your cause.
Jess McLennan Memorial Scholarship
The Jess McLennan Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Jess McLennan, a Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Nursing graduate who worked as an emergency and critical care nurse at Wangaratta Hospital. Jess was a determined, energetic person who was deeply involved in her community, especially through sport. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Charles Sturt student who best reflects Jess’ passion for community and helping others. The selection will be based on the student's sustained commitment to their studies and efforts. The goal of the fund is to support future nurses in realising their educational goals and to keep Jess's legacy alive. The initial target for the fund is $35,000
Blair Milan Memorial Scholarship
The Blair Milan Memorial Fund was established to honour the life and legacy of Blair Milan, a talented actor who passed away due to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. The fund was created by his family and friends, along with his university, to continue his passion for the arts. The fund supports two important initiatives: the Blair Milan Scholarship, which awards $3,000 annually to a 3rd year Theatre/Media student who best embodies Blair's spirit, and the Blair Milan Tour, which provides financial support for the presentation of final year Theatre/Media students' work before metropolitan and regional communities. The goal of the fund is to raise $200,000.
CSU Australian Football & Netball Club Scholarship Fund
The CSU Football Netball Club at Charles Sturt University supports its members in balancing academic, athletic and social pursuits. The club offers scholarships to talented footballers and netballers to help them succeed in both their studies and sports. Established in 1972, the club fields 2 football and 4 netball teams in the Farrer League and competes under the name CSU Bushsows. The netball club is dedicated and enthusiastic, having achieved numerous successes in the Farrer and Wagga Netball Association leagues. Show your support for the club by choosing the CSU Australian Football & Netball Club Scholarships as your cause.
Professor John Carroll Memorial Scholarship
The Professor John Carroll Memorial Fund is a scholarship and research grant established in honor of the late Professor John Carroll, a renowned educator and expert in drama education at Charles Sturt University. The $2,000 John Carroll Memorial Scholarship is warded annually to a second-year student who demonstrates a commitment to their studies and reflects Professor Carroll's passion for drama in education and performance. The goal of the appeal is to reach $50,000, which will establish a $15,000 research grant to provide opportunities for students to further their studies in this field. Help continue the legacy of Professor John Carroll and support new Australian artists in the field of drama education.
The Paramedic Overseas Medical Support Fund
The Paramedic Overseas Medical Support Fund was established to support Charles Sturt University student's global trips to developing countries where student paramedics have the opportunity to observe clinical practice, participate in community health education, and learn about healthcare systems in underprivileged areas. During these trips, students see the impact of scarce resources and are able to provide support by purchasing equipment and medical supplies with funds raised through the support fund. The fund aims to give back to the host communities, with all equipment purchases planned in collaboration with local healthcare facilities to address their specific needs. This helps create a more holistic understanding of healthcare in developing countries and the impact of support from overseas partners.
Alexandra Catherine Henderson Memorial Prize
The Alexandra Catherine Henderson Memorial Prize has been established in memory of a Charles Sturt University student who had a passion for equine science, wildlife management, conservation and social justice. The prize is aimed at supporting students who share Alexandra's interests and want to make a positive impact on the world.
This will provide funding for students to participate in the Charles Sturt Global Africa Experience, which will give them the opportunity to work with horses, wildlife, and engage in rehabilitation programs in Africa. The prize honours Alexandra's memory and allows her passion and goals to be fulfilled through the efforts of other students who share her interests.
The fund's goal is to raise $60,000.
Wagga Wagga Teachers College Alumni Association Scholarship
The WWTCAA Scholarship Fund was established to support students at Charles Sturt University and continues the legacy of the Wagga Wagga Teachers College. The alumni association, which has over 3,000 members, is dedicated to promoting education and supporting students in pursuing their academic and professional goals. The scholarship is aimed at assisting students with the costs associated with their education and helping them achieve their dreams. The Fund's goal is to reach $100,000, with contributions from WWTCAA members and friends of the college. The scholarship is a testament to the alumni's commitment to education and their desire to help shape the future by investing in the next generation of leaders.
Tony McGrane Scholarship, Dubbo Campus
The Tony McGrane Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honour the legacy of Tony McGrane, who dedicated himself to serving the communities in the Dubbo area. The scholarship will support regional students in attending university and cover costs such as tuition, books, and housing. The scholarship aims to reflect McGrane's passion and vision in helping to establish the Charles Sturt University campus in Dubbo, and help regional students achieve their academic and career goals. The goal of the fund is to raise $75,000, which will help support multiple students in their university journey.
Bathurst Teachers' College Alumni Scholarship
The Bathurst Teachers' College Alumni Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to supporting the education and development of future educators. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is a family member of a graduate of the Bathurst Teachers' College, which has since become part of Charles Sturt University. The BTCAA Alumni Association is committed to maintaining its connections with Charles Sturt University and to supporting its students through this scholarship program. With a fundraising goal of $84,000, the BTCAA Scholarship Foundation is making a significant impact on the lives of students and the future of education.
Charles Sturt University Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)
Charles Sturt University has introduced a Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) to help students in need who have been affected by the pandemic. The fund aims to provide financial support to ease the financial burden of students who are facing a loss of income or additional study expenses due to self-isolation or lost employment. With the hospitality sector being severely impacted, many students who support themselves with part-time and casual work are now facing financial hardship. The University is committed to helping students in need and the goal of the fund is to reach $50,000. You can support this mission by making a donation to the Charles Sturt University Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19).
CSUgive Engineering Fund
The CSUgive Engineering Fund at Charles Sturt University is a special initiative designed to support students in the engineering program. This fund was established by Professor Euan Lindsay with the goal of encouraging philanthropic giving among students. The first cohort of students to embark on their first placement inspired Professor Lindsay to create this fund, which is open to anyone who wishes to contribute. The aim of the CSUgive Engineering Fund is to raise $50,000 to provide much-needed resources and support to engineering students. The fund will help these students to achieve their academic and career goals, and make a positive impact on the world.
Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation
The Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC) is a collaboration between Charles Sturt University and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA). It offers accredited Islamic Studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and its course content is designed with the assistance of a respected advisory committee of Muslim scholars. Established in 2009, ISRA has a strong emphasis on education and research but also focuses on community building and cooperation. To support CISAC, individuals can make a donation under the Centre of Islamic Studies and Civilisation - General or Centre of Islamic Studies and Civilisation - Research Projects. These donations will help further the study of Islamic studies and contribute to research projects.
The Equally Well initiative is a mission to improve the physical health of people living with mental illness by providing equal access to quality healthcare. Currently, people living with a mental illness are at a higher risk for physical health issues and have a shorter life expectancy compared to the general population. With the support of philanthropic contributions, Equally Well aims to close this gap by providing better healthcare and support for individuals with mental illness. By selecting Equally Well as your cause, you can help improve the physical health of those in need and contribute to a better and more equitable society. Visit www.equallywell.org.au to learn more.
Establish your own fund
Whether you want to honour the legacy of a loved one or raise money for a scholarship or other university cause, an active fund is a great option.
We will provide advice and a support pack to get you started and then the sky’s the limit. Here are some of the ways people support their funds:
- Organise fundraising events such as sponsoring community sports matches or holding a sausage sizzle
- Requesting donations rather than flowers at a funeral
- Undertaking a personal challenge
- Hosting an auction
- Holding a raffle or competition
We encourage you to be as creative as you like.