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Through the USA Education Fund, we can give students the opportunity to expand their learning outside the lecture theatre, to engage with their degree in new ways. We can make their Melbourne University experience a global one.

Matthew Edmonds
Matthew Edmonds, President, University of Melbourne USA Foundation Board
As president of the board of the University of Melbourne USA Foundation, I feel very strongly about providing students the education experience that could change their lives."

Matthew Edmonds, BCom, LLB (Hons)
President, University of Melbourne USA Foundation Board


USA Education Fund: remove barriers, open possibilities

Carla at monument
When we support promising students like Carla, amazing things happen.

Carla grew up in Melbourne and from a young age, had her eyes set on studying political science and American politics. So studying at Melbourne University was her natural choice.

This experience, coupled with her place at Ormond College, led her to meet many international students and equipped her with a ‘heightened sense of social consciousness emphasised my interest in volunteering and participating in social justice programs’.

It was through this that she realised she wanted to take her studies to a bigger stage.

The generosity of donors helped Carla turn her dream into a reality. With the support of a scholarship, Carla found herself on a journey to the University of Washington in Seattle.

During her semester abroad, she participated in many activities. She joined Amnesty International and travelled to Washington DC to participate in discussions on key issues. She volunteered at the USA Special Olympics. She became a member of the Chi Omega sorority. And just recently, Carla became a campaigns fellow with a leading grassroots advocacy organisation.

These experiences have truly been a major boost to Carla’s learning and professional development.

Carla at UW
My understanding of international relations has been significantly enriched by my engagement discussions with peers and friends. I would never have had this experience if I didn’t study abroad.

Carla’s story isn’t the only one. Read from more students


University of Melbourne USA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with EIN 31-1624600. Donations made to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you wish to make a larger contribution or talk to us about leaving a bequest to The USA Foundation, please contact us.


If you reside in Canada, the Income Tax Act of Canada allows tax-deductible donations and gifts to prescribed universities overseas, including directly to the University of Melbourne via their secure online giving form.

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