UNSW Impact Appeal
The UNSW Impact Appeal is a long-standing and much loved tradition at UNSW.
The UNSW Impact Appeal sees current students getting on the phone to UNSW alumni, to update them about life at the University, and to encourage them to make a donation. All the funds raised go towards equity programs that support students experiencing disadvantage. The President & Vice-Chancellor’s Equity Scholarship and ASPIRE are among the programs that benefit from the Impact Appeal.
As a graduate of UNSW there are a range of equity-based causes you can support to help empower and inspire the next generation, regardless of background or circumstance.
President and Vice-Chancellor's Equity Scholarship
For students experiencing disadvantage, costs can be a barrier to pursuing and excelling in higher education. The President and Vice-Chancellor’s Equity Scholarship provides financial support for students:
- from rural or remote areas
- who are Indigenous Australians
- from low socio-economic backgrounds
- with disability
- experiencing other forms of hardship.
Your support of this scholarship can help to cover essentials like housing, food, textbooks, computers, and transport, so the recipient can focus on their studies and stay on track to graduate.
ASPIRE is UNSW’s award-winning educational outreach program. We work in 54 of the most disadvantaged schools in New South Wales, building the academic confidence of students, and encouraging them to think about a university education.
We know that university graduates will enjoy a significantly higher income over their lifetimes. Providing disadvantaged students with a pathway into university helps break the cycle of disadvantage.
With your support, we can continue to run these meaningful and impactful outreach activities. Already, we have seen a 155 per cent increase in the number of university offers given to students from ASPIRE schools.
Student Emergency Response Fund
Many UNSW students are living with significant uncertainty and financial insecurity. Some are prohibited from returning home, and others are struggling to afford food and other basics. UNSW has a duty of care to protect the welfare of these students, and provide immediate support to assist them through this crisis
The Student Emergency Response Fund is a philanthropic initiative to provide financial aid to both domestic and international students who are facing hardship as a direct result of COVID-19.
Through this fund, we will provide needs-based financial assistance as a lifeline for students. This financial support will help students meet their basic needs, and ensure that they remain part of the UNSW academic community.
Your support will enable us to provide critical financial assistance to support more than 9,000 UNSW students in dire need.
Philanthropic investment will enable us to provide:
- Emergency support payments for domestic students valued at $500, which will be targeted to around 2,600 enrolled undergraduate students from low-SES backgrounds
- Emergency e-vouchers valued at $200, which can be redeemed at supermarkets to support at-risk domestic and international students meet their basic needs
- Emergency grants of up to $2,000 for domestic and international students with complex or multiple needs, including students with disability, housing issues, or carer responsibilities.
This is an initiative of the Division of Equity Diversity and Inclusion, and aims to support any student in demonstrated need, including indigenous students, international students and students from rural or regional communities. Donors can elect where they would like their gift directed.
Thank you from our students
Isobel, President & Vice-Chancellor’s Equity Scholarship recipient
“We medicine students like to push ourselves hard and we like to do well - this scholarship opened opportunities for me to do just that. It allowed me to really love studying medicine, and really enjoy what I do.”More
Zahra, UNSW ASPIRE Ambassador
“Knowing about university shouldn't be a privilege, and many students rarely leave their community so their life experience is very limited. ASPIRE opens up a world of possibilities for them."More
Support our Impact Appeal
At UNSW, every dollar you give goes directly towards the specific cause you choose. Make a gift today and create change where it matters to you. All gifts over $2 are tax-deductable.