As earlier generations of alumni will recall, Graeme de Graaff was the first Director of International House. The Graeme de Graaff Fund was established to commemorate his retirement in 1987, with the intention of providing a full residential scholarship.
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 60% 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.
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 from the De Graaff Scholarship website and by emailing the Director of International House.
Under Graeme's leadership, International House became a place where global friendships were formed and understanding grew across national, cultural and religious barriers.
The International House Scholarship Fund was set up in 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the House and as a way for alumni and friends to make donations which would provide financial support for our current and future resident community of scholars. Funds are awarded based on their academic ability, financial need and contribution or possible contribution to the International House community.
To live in International House is to acquire an understanding of the rest of the world through effortless daily exposure to your equals, whatever their origin.