Lockheed Martin Australia has announced an investment in excess of $120,000 for the newly established Lockheed Martin Australia Bursary as part of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund.
The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund (GSF) is an Australian not-for-profit established in 1996 to provide scholarships for eligible descendants of Australian veterans to undertake tertiary study.
The purpose of the GSF is to honour the memory and legacy of Australian veterans. The Lockheed Martin Australia Bursary is the GSF's first corporate bursary, with the value of each bursary being the same as for other Gallipoli scholarships and bursaries, and apply for the first year of study.
To be eligible for an LMA Bursary, applicants must satisfy the same core criteria common to all Gallipoli scholarships as a direct descendant of an Australian veteran and additionally be enrolled in a tertiary course of study in a STEM field or related discipline.
There will be one LMA Bursary awarded for 2020, with a further 11 awarded up until end 2023.
Applications for the 2020 bursary close on 1 March 2020, with the recipient of the first LMA Bursary announced at a presentation ceremony on 16 April 2020.
Joe North, chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand, said, "Lockheed Martin Australia is proud to have long-standing relationships with not-for-profit organisations, and we are very pleased to partner with the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund to launch the first ever Lockheed Martin Australia Bursary, honouring the legacy of our Armed Forces and the service of our veterans."
Major General (Ret'd) Michael Smith, AO, chair of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund, said, "We are so pleased to have secured this first corporate bursary with Lockheed Martin Australia as our partner. It allows the fund to support more descendants of our veterans."
General (Ret'd) David Hurley, AC, DSC, Governor-General of Australia, and Linda Hurley, have been elected as the first patrons of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund.
Governor-General Hurley said, "Linda and I are delighted to be patrons of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund. The fund – and its supporters – help young Australians pursue further study, opening up a lifetime of possibilities for the scholars. In shaping the future, the fund also ensures the past is not forgotten and that the sacrifice of those who have served our nation is not forgotten."
A range of eligibility criteria applies, including that the applicant must be a direct descendant of an Australian veteran. To apply or find out more regarding eligibility criteria, visit here.
Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,000 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors