David Burgess Foundation


“I consider the DBF the have played a large role in getting me to where I am today. The scholarship from this Foundation is unique in that it is supportive of its students, even though they go through rough patches and a course change. During my year off from study, the knowledge that the Foundation was still going to support me if I returned to University played a large part in deciding to go back. Without my scholarship I am not entirely sure I would have returned. The scholarship removed the burden of forking out a lot of money for school books at the commencement of each semester whilst also allowing me to cut back at my casual job approaching each exam period.

Finishing my degree has given me job opportunities that I could not have previously envisioned and it significantly increased by employability, therefore also my career perspectives. This is all in part thanks to the Foundation’s support and encouragement to further my education. The mentors that were assigned to me played a big part in this support base provided by the Foundation. In my year off studying I moved back to the rural region that I grew up in, yet my mentors still kept in contact with me and encouraged me to return to Melbourne to complete my studies. Upon my return, regular catch ups, phone calls and emails from my mentors made me feel as though there was always someone there to support and encourage me, to offer advice and to listen. Over the years my mentors became not only my friends that intend keeping lifelong contact with, but also a sort of family to me, If ever I was sick, struggling with unit, needed someone to listen or a just a break from study to go out for lunch, dinner or coffee, then my mentors would be there for me. Not only was there the financial and emotional support from the Foundation but there were also occasions where my mentors doubled as referees on job and house rental applications. They have played an irreplaceable role in my life over the past 5 years. This is part of the Foundation that makes it distinct from other scholarship organisation. Most scholarships do not come with the support base or understanding that the DBF does.

With continued support, the DBF can carry on influencing the lives of students enduring hardship and can not only help improve our life long prospects in the professional world but also give us the advantage we need to pursue our career dreams and goals.”

Lisa Bickley, 2007 Scholarship winner, Medical Scientist


“all this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all the members of the David Burgess Foundation, who made my dream to go to University come true. The many letters and words of wisdom were encouraging and kept me on my quest to become a heart specialist. Thank you for your continual support. Hopefully, one day, I too can help someone else who has a dream”

Samantha Hickman, 1997 Scholarship winner, Doctor


“the support of the TDBF has been key, not only having their financial support but also knowing that you can always talk to any of the mentors at any time…it is good to know that they are there and have a sincere interest in discussing/helping you with the issue at hand.”

Jennifer Bridges, 1995 Scholarship winner


“I would like to say thank you to all the people involved in The David Burgess Foundation for their support, as they have helped me to get to where I am today. I think the Foundation is a terrific organisation and I hope that one day I will be in a position to help people like the Foundation does.”

David Langdon, 1997 Scholarship winner, Mechanical Engineer


” I have experienced both uplifting and horrific elements in my career, but along the way I have helped many people and its thanks to the TDBF that I have got to this place. The money I received throughout Uni was a godsend, but, more essential for me was the mentorship given to me by Mary. The support she gave me over those years made it all so much easier – I’m not sure I would have returned for my final year without her support! I’m sure Mary did not realise how much work and worry I would be, and I thank her for all she did for me – bailing my dog out of the pound, allowing me to use her washing machine, and visiting me in hospital are only some of the things she did! So thank you Mary and thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to receive this scholarship”

Bek Routledge, 1997 Scholarship winner, Nurse

“Not only was I lucky enough to receive the actual scholarship, but I was also lucky enough to be allocated a team of wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic mentors Sally, Bronwyn and Mary came along at a time I not only needed their help but had learned enough about life to be able to wholeheartedly appreciate it…The support I have had from the David Burgess Foundation since we’ve met three years ago falls nothing short of amazing! I have developed long lasting friendships with these people that will hopefully stay strong for years to come!”

Rachel Sztanski, Masters of Music (performance teaching)