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AGSM @ UNSW has this week unveiled a new full scholarship valued at $80,000 to be awarded annually to a veteran or current serving member of the Australian Defence Force who wishes to complete a full-time MBA program.

The AGSM Military scholarship, created in recognition of the late Special Forces soldier and AGSM full-time student Matt Kappler, is designed to harness the reputation and teaching credentials of the AGSM to support successful transition from military to civilian life.

The scholarship – one of the first post-graduate management program scholarships of its kind – welcomes applications from men and women from the Navy, Army and Air Force regardless of rank, providing they have served continuously for a minimum of five years.

Importantly, it has been designed to capitalise on the essential military philosophy that a team is greater than the sum of its parts. In this way, in addition to learning alongside a high-calibre team of international candidates, the scholarship holder will be mentored by AGSM MBA graduates who have established themselves as leaders in their chosen field after starting their career in the Australian Defence Force. On graduation, participants will also join more than 16,000 alumni who are building and leading iconic global brands around the world.

Matt Kappler’s former colleague and close friend Phil Hay​es-St Clair has been instrumental in the development of this exceptional scholarship and said: “I introduced Matt to AGSM in the knowledge that a great many military leaders had passed through the MBA program before him.

“On the unforgettable morning in 2015 that I delivered the news of Matt’s passing to his classmates, Professor Julie Cogin, AGSM’s Director and Deputy Dean, asked what the University could do to remember Matt," Hay​es-St Clair said. “This scholarship is the silver lining from that dark day in June. It’s also a model for other Australian universities, not already engaged with veterans and the military, to consider pursuing.”

Professor Cogin said: “AGSM has had the privilege of educating many members of the armed services over the last 40 years. The individuals I have encountered are extraordinary and, because of their focused training and leadership philosophy add enormously to the rich tapestry of each cohort they join.”

“I’m delighted that we are able to offer a scholarship to target this very special group of people. We very much hope it can offer an attractive and meaningful career alternative for those people looking for a strong community to transition to following the completion of their service.”

The AGSM Military scholarship complements an impressive suite of scholarships now available for AGSM programs including the recently launched Luminis scholarship which offers MBA candidates the opportunity to expand their international experience and complete some of their program at AGSM partner institution, Wharton.

Visit AGSM Scholarships for further information.