Ormond College

Financial Assistance Program

Supporting Local Students

The Fairley Foundation is supporting an $11,000 per annum, three-year financial assistance program for Greater Shepparton students who aspire to further education at Melbourne University, including the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and the Melbourne Business School to assist with the costs of residency at Ormond College in Melbourne.

It is the belief of the Fairley Foundation that students in Greater Shepparton should not be discouraged from attending university because of the costs associated with locating to Melbourne for the duration of their studies.

The Fairley Foundation / Ormond College Financial Assistance Program is one of many financial assistance opportunities available to students who wish to consider living on campus at Ormond College, with the College distributing $1.3 million in support in 2019.

Ormond College occupies 10 acres of land on the northern end of the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. The College’s thriving community is made up of more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students from all parts of Australia and around the world.

The College community also includes the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship which creates and empowers the next generation of audacious entrepreneurs and delivers The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship.

Ormond College is committed to providing an outstanding residential and learning experience for members of the University of Melbourne through its core values of community, learning, integrity, diversity and heritage.

Application Information

Students in Greater Shepparton wishing to go on to further education at Melbourne University, including Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and the Melbourne Business School in 2021 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to support residency at Ormond College in Melbourne.

Ormond College manages the application for financial assistance process, which is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

Ormond College enables students to discover who they are in a welcoming, vibrant community that will define their time at The University of Melbourne. A place to find life-long friendships, develop their voice, and form their ideas. Whether it’s a conversation over dinner, debating topics in a tutorial, organising the college musical or participating in sports, students leave college equipped with the tools to have a significant impact in their chosen field.

Students who have applied to study at The University of Melbourne, including the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and the Melbourne Business School in 2021 are encouraged to apply for residency at Ormond College.

The amount of financial assistance offered is based on the individual financial needs of every student and on the condition that other means of financial support have been explored and exhausted.

Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Ormond College, to ensure they are best meeting each student’s individual needs.

Application forms are available online via the Ormond College website for future students.

You don’t have to wait until you have received a University offer to apply to Ormond, actually, the earlier you get your application in the better. This will give you plenty of time to organise your supporting documents and attend an interview.

Step 1 – Apply to Ormond College

Applying is easy – head to the Colleges of the University of Melbourne website and complete the online application form. Put Ormond College as your first preference.

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email confirming any supporting documents we need and a link to pay the $75 application fee.

Step 2 – Attend an interview

All applicants to Ormond College are invited to attend an interview, either face-to-face or over Zoom video conferencing – we’ll be in touch to organise this.

Step 3 – Application outcome

Offers are made in June – July for Semester 2 and November onwards for Semester 1, however, we do make some early offers so you should check your email regularly.

Anna Turnbull


Anna Turnbull is a Goulburn Valley community-member, appointed trustee in 2019. She is a communications specialist with a Bachelor of Arts (political science). Working initially in newspapers as a reporter, she has gone on to develop her knowledge of the water industry and natural resource management through various media and communications roles in the Shepparton region.

Her past board roles include the Rodney Neighbourhood Steiner Kindergarten and Shepparton Arts Festival. Anna is a current board member for the Greater Shepparton Foundation.

Georgina Fairley


Georgina has been practising Architecture for six years, following completion of her Masters of Architecture in 2010. Her current focus is on design for community and learning in both metropolitan and regional areas. With interests ranging across a wide range of subjects, Georgina keenly seeks ways to engage with the world around her, from further education and attending local events to volunteering.

Andrew Mott


Andrew Mott has been involved in music education for 30 years with experience in both regional and metropolitan schools and across numerous government and independent school music programs. He undertook a two year stint in Michigan, USA, completing a Masters in Music. In recent years, he has served as Director of Music at Blackburn High School and as the Head of Music, Caulfield Campus, Caulfield Grammar.

He has a particular interest in the development of music ensemble performance and has worked in all areas across symphony orchestras to jazz big bands. In 2008 Andrew conceived and staged the 80th birthday celebrations for Australian jazz luminary, Don Burrows, which was filmed by ABC TV. He has also served as a member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music Board and on the AMEB Examinations Advisory Board, representing government schools at various times. He continues to be active in the field of Australian music education and creating opportunities for young musicians.

Dr Fiona Phillips


Fiona is the daughter of Rosemary Hopkins (nee Fairley) and was appointed a Trustee in December 2013.

Fiona has taught in and through music in a variety of educational and community settings in regional Victoria. Her work with Early Years and Primary School practicing and pre-service teachers is significant and she currently holds the position of Associate Lecturer in Arts Education at Deakin University, Geelong.

Her research and scholarship has focused on the ongoing practices of exploring new pedagogies, to inform and facilitate change in Arts Education (Music) within a located, cloud-based and virtual teaching and learning environment. She loves to sing and help others find their voice.

Jim Freemantle AO


Jim Freemantle, a grandnephew of Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley, is a Company Director and former banker.

He has been the Chair and Director of a number of public, private and Government organisations over the past 15 years with a particular interest in the not-for-profit sector.

James is passionate about supporting people with disabilities, specifically through the provision of affordable housing and employment opportunities.

Terry Campbell AO


Terry Campbell AO is a great-nephew of the late Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley, for whom the foundation is named. Terry is Senior Chairman of Goldman Sachs, the global and investment banking firm. He is also Chairman of Australian Foundation Investment Company (AFIC) and Mirabooka Investments Limited.

He is a supporter of corporate social responsibility through contributions to community and charitable organisations. He is also a strong advocate of Australian Business Participation in the Arts, and is the Vice Chair of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation.

Carmel Johnson

Deputy Chair

Carmel Johnson has been living and working in the Goulburn Valley for more than 35 years. During this time Carmel has primarily worked in fundraising and community relations roles, and with her Special Education qualifications, served as the inaugural Principal of Verney Road Special School and later as Manager at Connect GV in Shepparton.

Carmel’s current role is Development Manager at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum).  Prior to joining SAM, Carmel led the GV Health Foundation for thirty years to ensure that the community of the Goulburn Valley was well served. Carmel was the inaugural Chair of the Shepparton Arts Festival and serves on a number of corporate and community boards. Carmel is Deputy Chair of the Foundation

Andrew Fairley AM


Andrew Fairley is a Commercial and Equity Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox in Melbourne. He has a long involvement with the philanthropic sector as both an advisor and trustee. He has been Chair of the Fairley Foundation since 1999 and is a great nephew of Sir Andrew Fairley. 

He is also Deputy Chair of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation. He is a past Chair of both the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and the Luke Batty Foundation. 

He is Chair of Qualitas Limited, a listed funds manager with assets under management of $6.2B. He is also a Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. He is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria.