Originally established in 1983 the Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund awards scholarships based on merit or reasons of equity to promote a recipient’s tertiary education. These are available to Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents from any State or Territory studying in a tertiary institution.
Wyndham Richardson was born in Melbourne in 1904, but completed his primary and secondary education in South Australia before returning with his family to Melbourne. A combination of circumstances including ill-health, prevented his completing an Engineering degree begun in Adelaide and continued in Melbourne.
While he did eventually became a licensed surveyor, establishing a very successful private practice, he never forgot his disappointment. Later in life he established this Trust to provide assistance to tertiary students experiencing difficulties, including financial difficulties, in undertaking their course of study.
By careful stewardship, the Trust has grown. Income from the Fund is mostly distributed each year in grants to needy and deserving students undertaking tertiary studies. Since its establishment, the Trust has distributed over $800,000 to more than 500 students as either direct grants or through the three universities and TAFE.