The Karl Morris Scholarship is for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce or dual-degree program with a major in financial planning or the Bachelor of Applied Financial Advice (1612). The scholarship is aimed at helping those students who demonstrate talent, but are financially disadvantaged, to realise their full potential. There are two scholarships available in 2021.

Maximum value is $5,000 payable in instalments.

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Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder
  • be enrolled full-time at Griffith University in the Bachelor of Commerce or Dual Degree program, with a major in Financial Planning or the Bachelor of Applied Financial Advice (degree code 1612 not OUA)
  • be commencing at least second year of the required program (minimum 80 CP completed)
  • not be in receipt of any other scholarship funding.

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Program

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure: provide details of your financial situation.
  • Scholarships: do you have any scholarships?


  • Personal statements:
    • Career goals and aims: a short statement about yourself and your personal ambitions.
    • Challenge(s) experience: detail your personal and financial circumstances.

You must upload the following in the supporting documents section. Please use only the following formats: PDF, Word, jpg or Excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted.

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Other: please provide a copy of your Centrelink statements.

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Maximum value is $5,000, paid in instalments. Instalments of $2,500 are payable for each full-time enrolled trimester up to maximum value of the scholarship.

Payments are made up to six weeks after the census date subject to satisfying the scholarship’s terms and conditions.

Sponsor details

Since graduating from Griffith University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Mr Karl Morris celebrates an outstanding career. His passion for the business world along with his drive and commitment to the community has seen him achieve incredible successes.

Mr Morris was appointed Executive Chairman of Ord Minnett Ltd in 2009, one of Australia's oldest and most respected investment advisory and stockbroking firms. In addition to his commerce degree, he has completed a postgraduate diploma from the Stockbrokers Association, Institute of Company Directors and FINSIA. He has also completed executive education at Harvard University and at the University of Notre Dame.

Mr Morris chairs QSuper and the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association, is a board member of RACQ, JP Morgan Australia, and Financial Sector Advisory Council. Mr Morris is a governor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and patron of Braveheart's Inc.

Given his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, Mr Morris has chosen to make an impact on the next generation of globally responsible business leaders. Through the creation of the Karl Morris Scholarship, he is helping those students who demonstrate the talent, but are financially disadvantaged, to realise their full potential.

To remain eligible for the scholarship you must:

  • remain enrolled on a full-time basis, with a Financial Planning major and in the degree for which the scholarship was awarded
  • maintain a minimum GPA 4.0
  • not hold any other scholarship.

Recipients may be invited to meet with the donor and be featured in marketing materials to promote the scholarship.

The above conditions are verified each trimester at census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, it is at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee to withhold the trimester instalment, or terminate the scholarship. The recipient must show cause to the Scholarships Office why the scholarship should not be terminated.

Applications, including supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.