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08 November 2017

QUT Learning Potential Fund has won the 2017 Best Fundraising Campaign or Initiative Award in the Universities Australia Marketing Communications and Development Awards. The Learning Potential Fund was hailed as the standout national fundraising program where vision and mission are clearly in action.

“It goes right to the heart of what QUT stands for-social justice, opportunity for non-traditional learners, and widening participation for under-presented groups,” said the Universities Australia Marketing Communications & Development Awards Judging Panel 2017.

The Learning Potential Fund supports, in perpetuity, the largest cohort of low-income students at an Australian university.

Universities Australia were impressed with QUT’s strong leadership from Chancellor Tim Fairfax AM, Vice- Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Equity Director, Mary Kelly AM and Learning Potential Fund Chair, Hugh Nalder.

The Learning Potential Fund has provided scholarships and bursaries to more than 15,000 students in financial need. The Fund has an 88% retention rate for these Learning Potential Fund recipients, which is higher than their peers.

“The Fund creates lifelong change and inspires our students to achieve remarkable things. I choose to give to the Learning Potential Fund because it changes students’ lives, it is a perpetual fund, where all administrative costs are underwritten by QUT and all donations are matched dollar for dollar by QUT,” said Hugh Nalder, Chair, QUT Learning Potential Fund.

QUT’s Fund is supported by a student Ambassador’s program, senior business leaders’ fundraising committee, and a strong fundraising events series. The Fund has the sector’s largest staff giving program - with 700 staff donating regularly, in addition to gifts from thousands of external donors.

The $54 million fund grew from $46 million in 2016 and now supports some 2,300 disadvantaged students each year.

In 2017, more than 5,000 students will apply for a scholarship. Through the help of generous donors, the Learning Potential Fund is seeking to boost its capital base to $100 million so all students in financial need can be supported. The Fund gives bright and ambitious students the chance to pursue a university education.

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