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WAIT Alumni Scholarships Campaign

When the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) first opened its doors in 1967, higher education in Australia was transformed. Students were provided new qualifications in the health sciences, business and administration, architecture and the arts. Generations of students left those same WAIT doors as highly-skilled, industry-ready graduates - going on to make fundamental contributions to our communities, locally, nationally and globally.

Today Curtin is proud to continue this legacy of opportunity, and we invite our valued WAIT alumni to join our commitment. The WAIT Alumni Scholarships Campaign is an initiative to build a $2 million endowment to provide scholarships to students facing financial hardship and/or demonstrating academic excellence.

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The WAIT Alumni Scholarships Campaign Committee consists of WAIT and WA School of Mines alumni who are leaders in their industries, and are committed to supporting current Curtin students to become the industry leaders of tomorrow. We would like to acknowledge and thank them for their time and commitment to realising the vision of this Campaign.

  • Campaign Chairman: Peter Bradford, CEO and Managing Director Independence Group

Our Ambassadors:

  • Neil Warburton, Executive Chairman, White Rivers Exploration (Pty) Ltd
  • Roger Kwok, Managing Director Arcadia Group
  • Tom Silvan, CEO (WA) Strategic WA Pharmacy Supplies
  • Greg Howlett, Director Cox Group Architects and Planners
  • Lloyd Smith, Chief Executive Officer Gerard Daniels Australia
  • Barry Upton, Managing Director, RUC Cementation Mining
  • James Best, Director, Smart Engagement at STAR Consulting


"I grew up in a family that could not have afforded to send me to university. Thankfully, at the time I studied, tuition was more or less free, with government assistance paying for the majority of living expenses.

The support that I experienced is not available for the majority of students today, who have to deal with hefty tuition fees and living expenses. Donating to the campaign will give students the opportunity that I had, providing the life-changing gift of higher education. I encourage others to join me in supporting this significant campaign."

- Peter Bradford
CEO and Managing Director Independence Group
WAIT Alumni Scholarships Campaign Chairman


Your donation will assist students who are experiencing financial hardship - currently more than 10 per cent of Curtin's students are from low socio-economic backgrounds and many rely on scholarships to complete their studies. It will also support the best and brightest minds to study at Curtin, and so continue the WAIT tradition of excellence.

Donate online now or call the Office of Advancement on +61 8 9266 3113.


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WASM Endowment Scholarship Fund

Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines has been a central force in contributing to the knowledge and skills of the Western Australian mining and minerals sector.

Jenny Lau

Jenny, WAIT Alumni donor

Jenny donated to the campaign as she wanted "to assist students who want to advance their lives, but may not have enough money to continue with their studies." Read more