The Graeme de Graaff Fund for International House

As earlier generations of alumni will recall, Graeme de Graaff was the first Director of IH. The Graeme de Graaff Fund was established to commemorate his retirement in 1987, with the intention of providing a full residential scholarship. Unfortunately the donations in 1987 fell short of this objective.

Graeme de Graaff celebrated his 80th birthday at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 31 March 2012 – the day before the 45th Anniversary Celebration at IH.

Graeme’s family and a group of alumni led by Brian Farmer and David Shannon used these occasions to launch an augmentation of the Fund. The objective once again is to provide a full residential scholarship to IH, with preference being given to applicants from Regional Australia or from other backgrounds that may have limited their opportunity to participate in the multicultural aspects of Australian society. (For a variety of reasons it has become more difficult to maintain a desirable proportion of Australian hosts in the IH residential community. The augmentation of the Fund will help in this regard.)

Several very welcome donations and pledges have been received since the re-launch in March, but we are still only about half way towards the goal of being able to provide a full residential scholarship every year. If you feel you benefited from your stay at IH and are in a position to give something back, please consider making a donation to this Fund.

Online and other donations are tax-deductible in Australia and Canada. Residents of the UK, USA and Hong Kong can obtain a local tax-deduction by donating through the relevant University of Sydney local entity. More information on tax deductibility is available at www.degraaffscholarship.org and from the Director, International House, E: ih.office@sydney.edu.au, T: +61 2 9950 9800.

To DONATE ONLINE please click on the following link and make sure to select The Graeme de Graaff Fund for International House in the Purpose box: https://www.alumniandfriends.usyd.edu.au/UnauthMakeGift.asp.

To DOWNLOAD THE GIFT FORM please click here.