About the David Burgess Foundation
The David Burgess Foundation was established in 1991 in memory of the late David Burgess MBE, a larger than life character and immensely proud Australian who was a significant contributor to youth, education and the Australian community in general.
On his passing in 1991, a group of David’s colleagues, business associates and friends committed to creating a lasting legacy to David and the great work he had undertaken
Who was David Burgess?
Many of our supporters who have been involved with the Foundation since its inception in the early ‘90s knew David well. The Foundation has grown considerably since then and over the past two decades we have been fortunate to welcome many new supporters and fabulous students to our ever growing scholarship list. Once question that is often asked is ‘who was David Burgess?’
David Burgess was a larger than life character and immensely proud Australian who was a significant contributor to youth, education and the Australian community in general. He was amongst other things the youngest National President of the Jaycees, on the selection committee of the Churchill Fellowship Trust, on the Board of Debney Park High School trust and a Board member of Box Hill Institute of TAFE. He was awarded an MBE in 1978 for Services to Youth and the Handicapped.
The Foundation assists young people from Victorian State Secondary Colleges who have had to struggle to overcome adversity, who have shown commitment to their goals and those of the community, and who with some help will achieve those goals. To this end the Foundation will make annual awards to Year 12 students who gain entry to tertiary courses at Victorian Universities and/or TAFE Institutes. The Foundation is precluded from funding courses outside Victoria.
Under this scheme each award-winner may be eligible to receive about $4,700 each year towards the cost of his/her course, as well as support and guidance from mentors. The Foundation aims to help financially disadvantaged students with little or no support system of their own to make the transition from a supportive school environment to a tertiary educational setting.
The mentor system is a non-professional service which provides friendly, concerned help to award winners throughout their tertiary studies.
This is a comprehensive package of services for deserving students in our State Education System and is a fitting tribute to David Burgess, who was a strong advocate of State Schools.
Around 60 scholarships have been awarded so far, and those students who have completed their tertiary studies have found employment in Australia and overseas.
Foundation expenses are kept to a minimum, and all administration and mentoring is carried out by volunteers. We do not receive any grants but rely on donations from our supporters and a fund-raising events.